The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme

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Barrie & Jenkins, 1988 - Agincourt, Battle of, Agincourt, France, 1415 - 303 pages
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'The Face of Battle' is military history from the battlefield; a look at the direct experience of individuals as 'the point of maximum danger'. It examines the physical conditions of fighting and the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle.

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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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