The face of battle

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Vintage Books, 1976 - Art - 352 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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User Review  - Liz Polding - Goodreads

This is an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As an account of three historic battles, it is thorough and well-researched, but never clinical or inhumane. We see the action from the ground ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fred - Goodreads

This is a tremendous work of military and sociological history written by one of the foremost historians of our time. Keegan looks at three battles from three different eras all of which involved ... Read full review


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Agincourt October 25th 1415
Waterloo June 18th 1815

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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. Following his graduation Keegan was employed for three years at London's American Embassy. Keegan 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 Keegan began working for the Daily Telegraph as a Defence Correspondent and then Defence Editor. He also contributes to the American website National Review Online. Keegan has written numerous bestselling works of military history, the majority of which focus on warfare from the 14th to the 21st centuries. Among the topics treated are individual battles, strategy, the experience of the common soldier, and technological change in combat. Keegan 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.

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