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The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing (1999)

by John Keegan

Other authors: A Gentleman Volunteer (Contributor), Isaac Babel (Contributor), Tim Bishop (Contributor), James Bodell (Contributor), C. W. Bowman (Contributor)70 more, Julius Caeser (Contributor), Colin Frederick Campbell (Contributor), Thomas Campbell (Contributor), Winston Churchill (Contributor), Inga Clendinnen (Contributor), Henry Clifford (Contributor), Stephen Crane (Contributor), Peter Cremer (Contributor), David Crockett (Contributor), Elizabeth B. Custer (Contributor), Diego Hurtado de Mendoze (Contributor), Jehan de Wavrin (Contributor), Francesco Balbi di Correggio (Contributor), Keith Douglas (Contributor), William Dunbar (Contributor), Hugh Dundas (Contributor), James Fenton (Contributor), W. H. Fitchett (Contributor), George MacDonald Fraser (Contributor), Arthur Fremantle (Contributor), Jean Froissart (Contributor), John Glubb (Contributor), Stephen Graham (Contributor), Robert Graves (Contributor), Thomas Hardy (Contributor), Ernest Hemingway (Contributor), Victor Hugo (Contributor), John D. Hunter (Contributor), Usamah Ibn-Munqidh (Contributor), Josephus (Contributor), George Kennard (Contributor), Rudyard Kipling (Contributor), William Laurence (Contributor), William Lawrence (Contributor), Franklin Lindsay (Contributor), Eric Lomax (Contributor), Compton Mackenzie (Contributor), John Masters (Contributor), John McCrae (Contributor), Andy McNab (Contributor), Stuart Milner-Barry (Contributor), Anna Myers (Contributor), Sir Henry Newbolt (Contributor), George Orwell (Contributor), Marie-Louise Osmont (Contributor), Wilfred Owen (Contributor), George Peele (Contributor), Ernie Pyle (Contributor), Paul Ragueneau (Contributor), Helen Roeder (Contributor), Sidney Rogerson (Contributor), Erwin Rommel (Contributor), Siegfried Sassoon (Contributor), John Scott (Contributor), Bruce Shand (Contributor), David Smiley (Contributor), W. Eugene Smith (Cover Photographer), Robert Southey (Contributor), E. L. Spears (Contributor), Alexander Stahlberg (Contributor), Studs Terkel (Contributor), Thucydides (Contributor), Gerald Uloth (Contributor), Geyr von Schweppenburg (Contributor), Arthur Wellesley (Contributor), Andrew Wheatcroft (Contributor), Private Wheeler (Contributor), Xenophon (Contributor), W. B. Yeats (Contributor), Jacob Zimmerman (Contributor)

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A Gentleman VolunteerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In this eclectic anthology of war writings, military historian John Keegan (author of The Face of Battle and The Second World War) has collected some of the best that has been thought and said about armed conflict over the course of 25 centuries. Keegan is especially interested in how war has evolved over time; his introduction is a brief history of this development, from the heroic age of individual combat to the horrific "total war" of the 20th century. He begins with a pair of 5th-century-B.C. excerpts from Thucydides and concludes with a British soldier's brief description of combat against Iraqi soldiers in the 1991 Gulf War. In between are selections by Julius Caesar, Davy Crockett, Victor Hugo, George Orwell, and many others. If there is a theme to this book, it may be the clash of cultures: what happens when different military traditions collide, such as when the Romans invaded Britain, the Muslim Turks besieged Malta, or General Custer and the 7th Cavalry faced the Sioux in Montana. He understandably gives only cursory attention to several wars--the U.S. Civil War, Korea, and Vietnam--and lingers a bit on his coverage of the First World War (which Keegan views as a key to interpreting the whole 20th century) and the Second World War. The selections themselves are continually exciting, and rarely predictable. There are even a few poems thrown in for good effect. The Book of War may focus on an awful subject ("The history of all forms of warfare is ... essentially inhumane," writes Keegan), but it is also full of awfully good writing. --John J. Miller

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