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The American Civil War

John Keegan



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01 October 2010
History; History of the Americas; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; American Civil War
This magisterial history of the first modern war is on the scale of John Keegan's classics, A History of Warfare and The First World War. In his sweeping, unputdownable narrative he highlights geography, leadership and strategic logic at the heart of the conflict. John Keegan writes- The geography of the battlefield is to me a living reality. I know the appearance of the battlefields, I know the distances between them, I know the cemeteries in which the dead were buried. What constantly puzzles me, however, is to relate the landmarks of the war to its events, chronology, strategy and logic. That war went on for so long four years over such an enormous space the Confederacy covered an area as large as Europe west of Russia and involved so many battles 260 is the common reckoning and so many people that its events conform to no pattern at all. 'How to make sense of the war is the question. In recent years, this became the primary concern of historians, after nearly a century of wri
By:   John Keegan
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   311g
ISBN:   9780712616102
ISBN 10:   0712616101
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 October 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Keegan, who was knighted in the Millennium Honours List, 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, The Mask of Command, The Second World War, A History of Warfare (awarded the Duff Cooper Prize), The First World War, Intelligence in War and The Iraq War.

Reviews for The American Civil War

Vivid and compelling Sunday Times A captivating narrative, huge in scope Daily Telegraph In its range and sweep, this book is difficult to better and promises to become the definitive account of the conflict Daily Mail One of our finest military historians, Keegan brings a shrewd and discerning eye to [the] conflict ... compelling Literary Review As a military historian John Keegan has the qualities of the best commanders Observer

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