Intelligence In War
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rivkat - LibraryThing
Keegan has written several fantastic books on war. This isn’t one of them, and it’s not aided by the attempt at timeliness which leads him to mention Al-Qaeda briefly at the end (nor the anti-Islamic ... Read full review
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Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda
Limited preview - 2003