Image taken from Osprey's website.
I've been laid up this week after surgery on my ankle, and I used the time to catch up on some of my reading. The first book on the stack was this entry from Osprey's warrior series.
I picked up this book after reading an altercation on TMP over the artwork. I have a long standing interest in all things Greek, and a series of lectures on classical archaeology (including discussion of Heinrich Schliemann's digs at Hissarlik and Mycenae) whetted my appetite for this book.
The authors stick to the archaeological record, building their case for bronze age life and warfare on the artifacts and linear B texts. I found the artwork to give a reasonable interpretation based on those archaeological finds. You may quibble with the colors of clothing, but the details of arms and armor seem right on to me.
The authors maintain a website which lays out the evidence in a little more detail, but the Osprey is a nice summary and well worth a read.
I was surprised at how little time the authors spent on the Trojan war. They deal with the evidence in about a page and a half, which is appropriate considering how little actual physical evidence there is for a great siege (almost none). Still, most Ospreys are aimed at wargamers and modelers, and they will probably expect more on Troy.
Overall, I found this one of the best Ospreys I've ever read. This is a real scholarly work, and if you have even a passing interest in bronze age Greece, pick it up right now!
Oh, and the lecture series I mentioned is one of my favorites. You can find it here. It's a great series to throw into the DVD player during a painting session.