The Face of Battle

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This text looks at the military history of a battle scene by examining the experiences of individuals at the point of maximum danger. The author has attempted to write the definitive model for military historians by reassessing the three battles of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme. He attempts to convey, to the reader, the reality of the battles as they were experienced by the participants. John Keegan is the author of World Armies, Six Armies in Normandy, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty and The Second World War.

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Really interesting, dense read. I'll let Keegan's words speak for himself: "The study of battle is... always a study of fear and usually of courage; always of leadership, usually of obedience; always ... Read full review

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I had tried reading John Keegan before. I took out his book on the First World War from a local library to use for the historiography part of a paper, but then thought I'd hold off on returning it to ... Read full review

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John Keegan, May 15, 1934 - August 2, 2012 John Keegan was born in London, England on May 15, 1934. He received a degree in history from Balliol College, Oxford in 1953. After graduation, he went to the United States on a grant to study the Civil War. When he returned to London, he wrote political reports for the United States Embassy and in 1960 was appointed as a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, England, a post he held for 25 years. During this time he also held visiting professorships at Princeton University and Vassar College. In 1997, he began working for the Daily Telegraph as a defense correspondent and then military affairs editor. He also contributed to the American website National Review Online. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 20 books about military history, the majority of which focus on warfare from the 14th to the 21st centuries. His works included Barbarossa: Invasion of Russia, The Face of Battle, A History of Warfare, Who Was Who in World War II, The Second World War, The American Civil War, The Mask of Command, and The Iraq War. He was knighted in 2000. He died on August 2, 2012 at age of 78.

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