Intelligence In War

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Random House, Feb 23, 2010 - History - 464 pages
44 Reviews

From the earliest times, commanders have sought knowledge of the enemy, his strengths and weaknesses, his dispositions and intentions. But how much effect, in the 'real time' of a battle or a campaign, can this knowledge have?

In this magisterial new study, the author of A History of Warfare goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about intelligence in war. Keegan's narrative sweep is enthralling, whether portraying the dilemmas of Nelson seeking Napoleon's fleet, Stonewall Jackson in the American Civil War, Bletchley as it seeks to crack Ultra during the Battle of the Atlantic, the realities of the secret war in the Falklands or the numerous intelligence issues in the contemporary fight against terrorism.

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reactions to reading this book in 2004. The thesis of this book is pretty straightforward: that intelligence is only valuable if you have the military strength to use it. A corollary is that you ... Read full review

Review: Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda

User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

A book with a simple thesis, so simple that is almost went without saying. Unfortunately, Keegan's writing ability does not shine here, with the chapter on the battle of Midway being a lone source of light in an otherwise dreary slog. Read full review

About the author (2010)

John Keegan, who was knighted in the Millennium Honours List, is the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Britain's foremost military historian. The Reith Lecturer in 1998, he is the author of many bestselling books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Second World War, A History of Warfare (awarded the Duff Cooper Prize) and The First World War, all published in Pimlico. John Keegan died in August 2012.

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