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Joshua Connolly




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PostPosted: Sun 24 Aug, 2008 12:44 pm    Post subject: Osprey Collection         Reply with quote

Through an interesting turn of events, I've stumbled onto an impressive collection of Osprey books, largely material concerning things before the year 1800. I've read a couple of them already, and browsed a few others, and aside from a few issues that I've found concerning specific weapons, they seem alright to my eyes. What sort of consideration should I have on these things? I've noticed they're more 'general' than anything else, but they seem to have a decent amount of information in the package they offer. Is Osprey a reliable source of information? Or should I have a salt shaker on hand when I read them? Also, should I assume the ones written by Stephen Turnbull are mostly accurate? Or keep that same sort of skepticism about me?
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Aug, 2008 1:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Have you checked out our Bookstore? Many Osprey titles appear on member reading lists and many have been reviewed and rated. It will be a good source for checking individual titles.

Osprey books have also been discussed on this forum many times. The forum search function yielded three other threads on the subject.

Happy hunting!

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Taylor Ellis




PostPosted: Mon 25 Aug, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Re: Osprey Collection         Reply with quote

Joshua Connolly wrote:
Also, should I assume the ones written by Stephen Turnbull are mostly accurate? Or keep that same sort of skepticism about me?

Stephen Turnbull presumably knows his stuff concerning Japanese history, but when it comes to western history, specifically western swords, he has shown a staggering amount of ingnorance for a published author with a PHD.

http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=10748
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James Barker




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PostPosted: Mon 25 Aug, 2008 8:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As said quality varies. I have some good ones and some bad ones.
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Sean Manning




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PostPosted: Mon 25 Aug, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Simply put, Ospreys are as good or as bad as their author is on a particular subject. Unfortunately, that means you need a decent level of knowledge of a subject to vet them ...
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