The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing
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The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing

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Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s anthology of war writing from 25 centuries of battle

In The Book of War, John Keegan marshals a formidable host of war writings to chronicle the evolution of Western warfare through the voice of the most eloquent participants—from Thucydides’ classic account of ancient Greek phalanx warfare to a blow-by-blow description of ground...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1999)
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Tom
Lots of great excerpts, from ancient Greece to Viet Nam. American writers get short shrift, no U.S. Grant for example, but Ernie Pyle's there.
Tom Darrow
Anyone who likes military history should read this book. It is a collection of primary and secondary writings about various wars going back to the age of Greece and Rome. Every reader will take something different from it. You can't help but compare and contrast tactics and methods between the different wars.
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Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan OBE was a British military historian, lecturer and journalist. He published many works on the nature of combat between the 14th and 21st centuries concerning land, air, maritime and intelligence warfare as well as the psychology of battle.

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