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 - K.G.Budge - LibraryThing
Written shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and so a bit tentative on al-Quaeda and developments in Iraq. Otherwise quite good. Keegan starts with anecdotes, mostly about his occasional brushes with (more ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marshapetry - LibraryThing
Pretty interesting book, but it was a lot of history with some intelligence mixed in. That's OK - I guess the author felt he had to explain each situation setup before explaining what intelligence was ... Read full review
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Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda
Limited preview - 2003