John Keegan

I missed the passing of last year (in August 2012) of John Keegan, the prominent military historian. He was a fluent writer and well worth reading. Prolific too, so I read only a fraction of his output. The Face of Battle (1976) is a vivid account of the soldier’s experience of warfare; A History of Warfare (1993) began with an attack on Clausewitz, which provoked defenders of the Prussian, but was unobjectionable to me; Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda (2003) has a memorable account of Nelson’s fruitless search for Napoleon as he crossed the Mediterranean to Egypt. A sad loss.


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