The American Civil War by John Keegan
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The American Civil War Summary
For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name. Now Keegan examines these and other puzzles with a peerless understanding of warfare, uncovering dimensions of the conflict that have eluded earlier historiography.
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"Some of his thoughts...are less than cogent. Still, Keegan's elegant prose and breadth of learning make this a stimulating, if idiosyncratic, interpretation of the war." - Publishers Weekly
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John Keegan Author Biography
John Keegan was for many years senior lecturer in military history at the Royal
Military Academy, Sandhurst, and has been a fellow at Princeton University and a professor
of history at Vassar College. He joined the Daily Telegraph as a Defence Correspondent and remains there as Defence Editor, also contributing to the American website, National Review Online.He is the author of over a dozen books, including The Iraq War, Intelligence in War, The Battle for History, The Masks of Command, A History of Warfare, and the
acclaimed The Face of Battle and The Second World War. He lived in
Wiltshire, England up until his death in early August 2012 at the age of 78.
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