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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (Jan. 30 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855321637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855321632
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For the greater part of the period from the end of the 10th century BC to the 7th century BC, the Ancient Near East was dominated by the dynamic military power of Assyria. Read the first page
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Healy's book gives a quick review of the Assyria Empire from start to finish in a mere 64 pages. However its shortness is made up by the wonderful photos (12 in color) and diagrams presented in the book. One unusaul aspect of this book is there is no table of contents, index, or biblography. It's almost written like a research paper that was converted into a published book. Nevertheless the purchase price is well worth the money.
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Without detracting from an otherwise well researched & written book, the awesome artwork in this book is worth the price tenfold. Best illustrations anywhere on the subject.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
"The Ancient Assyrian" a short history of Ashur July 24 2000
By M Manning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Healy's book gives a quick review of the Assyria Empire from start to finish in a mere 64 pages. However its shortness is made up by the wonderful photos (12 in color) and diagrams presented in the book. One unusaul aspect of this book is there is no table of contents, index, or biblography. It's almost written like a research paper that was converted into a published book. Nevertheless the purchase price is well worth the money.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Caution May 15 2007
By The Laughing Heretic (strikes again) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a history major, for the record. I've heard all manner of semi-scholarly critisism of these Osprey books so I'll sum it all up and rather than give the book a one star for what it isn't, I'll review it for what it is.

These books are very entertaining introductory histories of their various (military) topics. The illustrations demonstrate their intent quite clearly: to entertain as much as to inform. These books are intended for laymen who enjoy military history, possibly the re-enactment crowd, and definitely bright adolescents. As "Illustrated Histories" go, they're quite excellent and I'm collecting them for my kids.

*WARNING-THESE BOOKS ARE NOT APPROPRIATE AS SCHOLARLY RESEARCH MATERIALS*

There are no footnotes, endnotes, citations, and no bibliography. There is the occasional (usually relatively minor) inaccuracy which is not a big deal for kids and laymen but is a major issue for academics.

That said, these books could help you out as introductions to material. For example, I bought and read this one as a general introduction to Assyrian military practices. It gave me enough of a grasp of the material to focus the thesis of my paper and know what kinds of things I should research. I did not use this book as a source!!

It is what it is, and as an entertaining introductory read for youths and laymen it is great. You ought not to expect a mass market paperback to live up to academic standards. If thats what you want, you should know that books meeting those standards are usually published by "(Insert name of Institution) Univeristy Press" or are primary sources (people who were there and wrote down what they saw).
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Unsurpassed Illustrations Feb. 12 2000
By Dean M. Motoyama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Without detracting from an otherwise well researched & written book, the awesome artwork in this book is worth the price tenfold. Best illustrations anywhere on the subject.
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The Assyrian Empire April 2 2007
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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The typical elite title, focuses mostly on a detailed view of the different branches of the Assyrian army, their gear, roles, and tactics, but as it tells the story of the Assyrian army and campaigns in pretty much tells the story of Assyria. The Assyrians, although a very different people from the Mongols, still stand out like them in certain ways-both were sadistically cruel and thought nothing of slaughtering civilizations (a zesty description of Assyrian torture of rebel chieftains is given early in the book), but also showed great administrative skills and almost unnatural talent at all forms of warfare-light and heavy cavalry and infantry, and sieges. The Assyrians clashed with most of the powers of their day-the Egyptians, the Hittites, the Israelites, the Syrians, the Arabs, and the Elamites, and were also having to put down Babylonian rebellions many times every century. At their greatest extent they ruled over most all of modern Iraq east to Elam (Iran), along with Urartu (Armenia), eastern Turkey, the entire Palestinian coastline south into Egypt. It was only relentless rebellions and civil wars that finally brought them to their knees, but their destruction was complete-their capital was thoroughly razed and subsequently forgotten, and as the Biblical prophet said (Nahum 3:19), the Ancient World rejoiced. As would be expected, Angus McBride's artwork really brings them to life, but even without that this would still be an essential book.
Interesting book to read March 11 2014
By ShaRon Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book gives you an insight binto the terrorist of Ancient Assyria in relation to modern times. The book is a history lesson of the past. It can be a little hard to read, but it is interesting in details.
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