A very good example of an Osprey book. Sweetman's Crimean War would make a perfect introduction to the war. The book covers the causes of the war and the motives of the main combatants but concentrates (over half of the book) on a narrative account of the war.
This book is well illustrated in the normal Osprey style, including a series of good (if mislabeled) maps.
The only real flaw in this book is that it concentrates on the British view of the war, but in a book of this size it would be hard to cover all four viewpoints (French, Russian, Turkish and British) in any detail.
Author: John Sweetman