The face of battle

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Viking Press, 1976 - Art - 354 pages
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The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions. John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme. Book jacket.

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Contents

Old Unhappy Faroff Things
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rKilling No Murder? 5v
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Agincourt October 25th 1415
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Copyright

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About the author (1976)

Military historian John Keegan was born in Clapham, England on May 15, 1934. After spending two years at Wimbledon College he began studying at Balliol College, Oxford in 1953. After graduation, he was employed for three years at London's American Embassy. He lectured in Military History at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for 36 years beginning in 1960. During this time he additionally held visiting professorships at Princeton University and Vassar College. In 1997, he began working for the Daily Telegraph as a Defense Correspondent and then Defense Editor. He also contributes to the American website National Review Online. He has written numerous bestselling works of military history, the majority of which focus on warfare from the 14th to the 21st centuries. His works include Barbarossa: Invasion of Russia, The Face of Battle, Who Was Who In World War II, The Second World War, and The American Civil War. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and he has also been knighted.