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

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Random House, Aug 31, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 336 pages
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The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: an imperishable account of the direct experience of individuals at 'the point of maximum danger'.

It examines the physical conditions of fighting, the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle, as well as the motives that impel soldiers to stand and fight rather than run away.

In this stunningly vivid reassessment of three battles, John Keegan conveys their reality for the participants, whether facing the arrow cloud of Agincourt, the levelled muskets of Waterloo or the steel rain of the Somme.

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User Review  - seabear - LibraryThing

This is a classic of history. I've heard about it many times and always intended to read it. Finally did so this week. First he makes the case that typical accounts of military battles are lacking in ... Read full review

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User Review  - ohernaes - LibraryThing

Long introduction about the method of military history writing, where he makes a big point about the importance for the military historian of going into the details (and chaos) of battle and taking ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

John Keegan is the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Britain's foremost military historian. The Reith Lecturer in 1998, he is the author of many bestselling books including The Face of Battle, Six Armies in Normandy, Battle at Sea, The Second World War, A History of Warfare (awarded the Duff Cooper Prize), Warpaths, The Battle for History, The First World War, and most recently, Intelligence in War. For many years John Keegan was the Senior Lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and he has been a Fellow of Princeton University and Delmas Distinguished Professor of History at Vassar. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He received the OBE in the Gulf War honours list, and was knighted in the Millennium honours list in 1999. John Keegan died in August 2012.

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