Author(s): Joseph Cummins
"Turn Around and Run Like Hell" reveals stories of amazing deceptions, unprecedented tactics, and cunning generals succeeding against all odds. Readers observe brilliant strategists at their creative best in battle tactics that unfold in often odd-ball and always unorthodox and astonishing narratives. The stories range from King Cyrus diverting a river for a surprise attack on Babylon via the river bed to Napoleon, who made 29 men look like an army, to dropping opium-laced cigarettes on the Turks in WWI for an Allied victory. We follow the Mongols, creators of the world's first major empire, as they perfect their strategy of the 'false retreat' - a tactic which caught their opponents out almost every time. We learn how to exploit an enemy's weak spots and how to fashion handy weapons out of everything - from trees to dead bodies. And, in more than one story, we appreciate that there comes a time when the best strategy is simply to retreat.
Joseph Cummins is the author of two forthcoming history books, History's Great Untold Stories (Murdoch Books) and Anything for a Vote: A History of Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Elections (Quirk). He has also edited of two anthologies for Lyon's Press, Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea (2002) and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told (2001), and written a novel called The Snow Train (Akashic Books, 2001). He lives in New York.