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Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Quaeda (Large Print) (Random House Large Print Nonfiction)

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In fiction, the spy is a glamorous figure whose secrets make or break peace, but, historically, has intelligence really been a vital step to military victories? In this breakthrough study, the preeminent war historian John Keegan goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about military intelligence.

In his characteristically wry and perceptive prose, Keegan offers us nothing short of a new history of war through the prism of intelligence. He brings to life the split-second decisions that went into waging war before the benefit of aerial surveillance and electronic communications. The English admiral Horatio Nelson was hot on the heels of Napoleons fleet in the Mediterranean and never knew it, while Stonewall Jackson was able to compensate for the Confederacys disadvantage in firearms and manpower with detailed maps of the Appalachians. In the past century, espionage and decryption have changed the face of battle: the Japanese surprise attack at the Battle of the Midway was thwarted by an early warning. Timely information, however, is only the beginning of the surprising and disturbing aspects of decisions that are made in war, where brute force is often more critical.

Intelligence in War is a thought-provoking work that ranks among John Keegans finest achievements.

About the Author

John Keegans books include The First World War, The Battle for History, The Face of Battle, War and Our World, The Mask of Command, Fields of Battle and A History of Warfare. He is the defense editor of The Daily Telegraph (London). He lives in Wiltshire, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375432248
Subtitle:
Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda
Author:
Keegan, John
Publisher:
Random House Large Print
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Military history, Modern
Subject:
Military intelligence
Subject:
Military - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st large print ed.
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. [657]-667.
Large Print:
Yes
Series:
Random House Large Print Nonfiction
Series Volume:
222
Publication Date:
20031104
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PAGES OF PHOTOS, 10 MAPS
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
9.58x6.58x1.49 in. 2.41 lbs.

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