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For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of Americas 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.

While offering original and perceptive insights into psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics, Keegan reveals the wars hidden shape—a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and, above all, geography, the Rosetta Stone of his legendary decipherments of all great battles. The American topography, Keegan argues, presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since. Out of a succession of mythic but chaotic engagements, he weaves an irresistible narrative illuminated with comparisons to the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and other conflicts.

The American Civil War is sure to be hailed as a definitive account of its eternally fascinating subject.

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"American scholars tend to write the Civil War as a great national epic, but Keegan (The First World War), an Englishman with a matchless knowledge of comparative military history, approaches it as a choice specimen with fascinating oddities. His more thematic treatment has its shortcomings — his campaign and battle narratives can be cursory and ill-paced — but it pays off in far-ranging discussions of broader features: the North's strategic challenge in trying to subdue a vast Confederacy ringed by formidable natural obstacles and lacking in significant military targets; the importance of generalship; the unusual frequency of bloody yet indecisive battles; and the fierceness with which soldiers fought their countrymen for largely ideological motives. Keegan soars above the conflict to delineate its contours, occasionally swooping low to expand on a telling detail or a moment of valor or pathos. Some of his thoughts, as on the unique femininity of Southern women and how the Civil War stymied socialism in America, are less than cogent. Still, Keegan's elegant prose and breadth of learning make this a stimulating, if idiosyncratic, interpretation of the war. 16 pages of photos, 12 maps. Two new books follow the fates of young Latinos in the U.S. and examine how many are marginalized by education, immigration and incarceration policies." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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British military historian Keegan ("The Face of Battle") draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of warfare to show why the Civil War rightly holds fascination beyond America's shores.

About the Author

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 visiting professor of history at Vassar College. He is the author of twenty books, including the acclaimed The Face of Battle and The Second World War. He is the defense editor of The Daily Telegraph (London). He lives in Wiltshire, England.

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Al Troner, November 19, 2009 (view all comments by Al Troner)
All of keegan's work must be read like eating marzapan - slowly and savouring every bite.

I can't wait to see how his two sequels to the American Civil War will connect up with military history. According to Publishers Weekly (See below) they will tell the tale of "young Latinos in the U.S. and examine how many are marginalized by education, immigration and incarceration policies."

Now that makes for a sequel!



"Still, Keegan's elegant prose and breadth of learning make this a stimulating, if idiosyncratic, interpretation of the war. 16 pages of photos, 12 maps. Two new books follow the fates of young Latinos in the U.S. and examine how many are marginalized by education, immigration and incarceration policies." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307263438
Subtitle:
A Military History
Author:
Keegan, John
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
United States Geography.
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091020
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 MAPS, &, 16 OF PHOTOS
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.54x6.62x1.44 in. 1.69 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "American scholars tend to write the Civil War as a great national epic, but Keegan (The First World War), an Englishman with a matchless knowledge of comparative military history, approaches it as a choice specimen with fascinating oddities. His more thematic treatment has its shortcomings — his campaign and battle narratives can be cursory and ill-paced — but it pays off in far-ranging discussions of broader features: the North's strategic challenge in trying to subdue a vast Confederacy ringed by formidable natural obstacles and lacking in significant military targets; the importance of generalship; the unusual frequency of bloody yet indecisive battles; and the fierceness with which soldiers fought their countrymen for largely ideological motives. Keegan soars above the conflict to delineate its contours, occasionally swooping low to expand on a telling detail or a moment of valor or pathos. Some of his thoughts, as on the unique femininity of Southern women and how the Civil War stymied socialism in America, are less than cogent. Still, Keegan's elegant prose and breadth of learning make this a stimulating, if idiosyncratic, interpretation of the war. 16 pages of photos, 12 maps. Two new books follow the fates of young Latinos in the U.S. and examine how many are marginalized by education, immigration and incarceration policies." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , British military historian Keegan ("The Face of Battle") draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of warfare to show why the Civil War rightly holds fascination beyond America's shores.
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