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Old December 12th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! How are you today? I am here for not just my own pleasure, but for the pleasure of my little cousin, hes 13 and im trying to find a book for him, something that probably includes warfare but that doesn't matter too much just a book that he could pick up and read and enjoy thats not too thickly written. Thanks.


Also sorry if this is the wrong place to post...
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Old December 12th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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Like Roman warfare???? Any type? Robert e lee??? generals????battles??? Please be specific. Your cousin want any type of warfare book or you want some thing else?

I would say:


Inferno: World at War 1939-1945.
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Wait, history books, or just novels
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Old December 12th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #4

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If you're not focused on a book about the Middle Ages, I read this one when I was about that age (and still remember it many years later):

Guadalcanal: Irving Werstein: Amazon.com: Books
Guadalcanal: Irving Werstein: Amazon.com: Books


It seems to be out of print, but very good used copies seem to be available on Amazon and abebooks.com.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Get him Robert Moore's The Green Berets.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #6
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Necropolis: London and Its Dead and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee are the best books I ever read.
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I'm gonna assume you wanted a book about medieval warfare, being that your post is in the Medieval history forum. Barbara Tuchman's , A Distant Mirror, is one of my all time favorite books. She writes history like no else, I just hope a 13yr old can appreciate it. Also in John Keegan's, The Face of Battle, he devotes the first portion of his book to the battle of Agincourt. He describes beautifully and intricately what Medieval warfare was like.
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The Spartan by Caroline Dale Snedeker was pretty cool, though it is not only about war. I was seventeen when I read it, it might be for a more mature audience, there is reference to a ten year old child unable to read it:

The Spartan...: Caroline Dale Snedeker: 9781276799393: Amazon.com: Books
The Spartan...: Caroline Dale Snedeker: 9781276799393: Amazon.com: Books


For a teen you can try Sandokan:

Amazon.com: Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem (9780978270728): Emilio Salgari, Nico Lorenzutti: Books
Amazon.com: Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem (9780978270728): Emilio Salgari, Nico Lorenzutti: Books


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I'm gonna assume you wanted a book about medieval warfare, being that your post is in the Medieval history forum. Barbara Tuchman's , A Distant Mirror, is one of my all time favorite books. She writes history like no else, I just hope a 13yr old can appreciate it. Also in John Keegan's, The Face of Battle, he devotes the first portion of his book to the battle of Agincourt. He describes beautifully and intricately what Medieval warfare was like.
The Tuchman book is an excellent suggestion, but as you mention, I don't know if the work can be appreciated (or understood) by a 13 year old.

Here are a few that I can recommend that might be at a teen level:

Amazon.com: The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery (9781556525261): William Gurstelle: Books
Amazon.com: The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery (9781556525261): William Gurstelle: Books


Medieval Warfare (Medieval World (Crabtree Paperback)): Tara Steele: 9780778713760: Amazon.com: Books
Medieval Warfare (Medieval World (Crabtree Paperback)): Tara Steele: 9780778713760: Amazon.com: Books


The Boy's Book of Battles (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press): Eric Wood: 9781409938279: Amazon.com: Books
The Boy's Book of Battles (Illustrated Edition) (Dodo Press): Eric Wood: 9781409938279: Amazon.com: Books


The last book isn't from the medieval period, but these sorts of books he might find of interest.

Here's one historical fiction that every teen should read:

My Brother Sam Is Dead: James Lincoln Collier: 9780439783606: Amazon.com: Books
My Brother Sam Is Dead: James Lincoln Collier: 9780439783606: Amazon.com: Books



It's an excellent book and it really gets kids interested in history.
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