9780307263438

The American Civil War: A Military History

Keegan, John

ISBN 10: 0307263436 / 0-307-26343-6
ISBN 13: 9780307263438
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Hardcover
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For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America’s most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name. Now Keegan examines these and other puzzles with a peerless understanding of warfare, uncovering dimensions of the conflict that have eluded earlier historiography.

While offering original and perceptive insights into psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics, Keegan reveals the war’s hidden shape—a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and, above all, geography, the Rosetta Stone of his legendary decipherments of all great battles. The American topography, Keegan argues, presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since. Out of a succession of mythic but chaotic engagements, he weaves an irresistible narrative illuminated with comparisons to the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and other conflicts.

The American Civil War
is sure to be hailed as a definitive account of its eternally fascinating subject.

 

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Book Description: Knopf/BOMC. 1 Cloth(s), 2009. hard. Book Condition: New. Here John Keegan—former senior lecturer in military history at the Royal Military Academy and author of The First World War, The Face of Battle, and The Second World War—approached the Civil War a bit differently than American historians. Why did the fighting persist for four years among such mismatched combatants, he wonders, and why were there so few decisive battles? Here Keegan reveals the war's hidden shape as a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and American topography, which he argues presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since."[The author's approach] pays off in far-ranging discussions of broader features: the North's strategic challenge in trying to subdue a vast Confederacy ringed by formidable natural obstacles and lacking in significant military targets; the importance of generalship; the unusual frequency of bloody yet indecisive battles; and the fierceness with which soldiers fought their countrymen for largely ideological motives. Keegan soars above the conflict to delineate its contours, occasionally swooping low to expand on a telling detail or a moment of valor or pathos. Keegan's elegant prose and breadth of learning make this a stimulating, if idiosyncratic, interpretation of the war."—Publishers Weekly 396. Bookseller Inventory # 38056

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