Book Review: Keegan at His Very Best
Rating: 5 stars
John Keegan is one of our best writers of military history and The Face of Battle is simply Keegan at his very best. He attempts to explain what humans actually do under the stress of battle and why. The book contains keen insights and some surprises. For example, while running away may intuitively seem highly sensible from the standpoint of self-preservation, it is in fact one of the most dangerous things a soldier can do. Or the US Army study that showed a shockingly high percentage of US army infantry never fired their rfiles when under fire – that study led directly to a sharp increase in the emphasis on the psychological molding of soldiers in US Army training camps. Edusson will write essay for you.
Absolutely the highest recommendation.
Book Review: A Modern great book of Military History. Buy it and read it!
Rating: 5 stars
`The Face of Battle’ by renowned English military historian, John Keegan is one of those books I would always keep in stock if I were managing a bookstore. In its own field of `analytical’ military history, it is probably one of the two or three most important works available to the average reader (that is, not including classified material and training material reserved for the world’s professional military at West Point, Sandhurst and what have you).
This is the kind of book you always want to find as quickly as possible when you become interested in a new field. Like `Principles of Gardening’ by Hugh Johnson, `Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ by Julia Child and Snedecor and Cocheran’s `Statistical Methods’, these are the books which, while not complete, are the kinds of works which can inspire on in a subject as well as simply provide good information. They are the kinds of books that should be at the top of all bibliographies that survey their subjects.
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