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    Dr David Nicolle(Author) Angus McBride(Illustrator)

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Legend would have us believe that the reign of Attila the Hun was a time of devastation and massacre, unalloyed with positive achievement. But what was Attila's short-lived empire really like? This volume reveals him as a man of theatrical rages, but also as a warrior of strategic skill and political insight.

David Nicolle PhD was born in 1944 and was educated at Highgate School. For eight years he worked in the BBC Arabic Service. In 1971 he went 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. For some years he taught art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. David has written many Osprey titles, including MAA 140 Armies of the Ottoman Turks, MAA 320 Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098, and Campaign 43 Fornovo 1495. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.

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  • By Uncle Stiltskin on 11 April 2000

    I ordered this book and received "Attila and The Huns" which is also 64 pages and written by David Nicolle. I think "Attila and the Nomad Hordes" is also the exact same book, though I could be mistaken. There is less than a page actually about the life of Attila. The book is written from a pedantic, historical view and reads like an encyclopedia. It is not very entertaining. I was hoping for a biography about Attila, which this is not. This book is largely about the many Hun tribes, their dress, their geneology, their weapons and their horses. To even put the name "Attila" in the title is horribly misleading. The publisher probably forced the misleading title in order to sell this book to people, like me, looking for a biography on Attila the Hun. If you know of a good biography on Attila, please email me and let me know. I'm going to try out Patrick Howarth's book, Attila, The Man the Myth next. I'll let you know what I think.


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