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John Keegan

John Keegan’s books include The Iraq War, Intelligence in War, The First World War, The Battle for History, The Face of Battle, War and Our World, The Masks of Command, Fields of Battle, and A History of Warfare. He was the defense editor of The Daily Telegraph (London). He lived in Wiltshire, England, until his death in 2012.

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The American Civil War
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2010
$17.95/23.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27493-9 (0-307-27493-4)

The greatest military historian of our time gives a peerless account of America’s most bloody, wrenching, and eternally fascinating war.

In this magesterial history and national bestseller, John Keegan shares his original and perceptive insights into the psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics of the American Civil War. Illuminated by Keegan’s knowledge of...

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The Battle For History
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1996
$14.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76743-5 (0-679-76743-6)

With the same erudition, discernment, and crisp prose that made his A History of Warfare an international bestseller, Keegan surveys the literature of World War II, identifying the works he finds most important and illuminating while examining the sometimes savage controversies raised by two generations of the war's historians. Read more

The Book of War
Written by John Keegan
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$22.00/27.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-029655-6 (0-14-029655-7)

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... Read more

The Face of Battle
Written by John Keegan
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | January 1983
$17.00/14.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-004897-1 (0-14-004897-9)

Master military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfare

The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle... Read more

Fields of Battle
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 1997
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74664-5 (0-679-74664-1)

At once a grand tour of the battlefields of North America and an unabashedly personal tribute to the military prowess of an essentially unwarlike people, Fields of Battle spans more than two centuries and the expanse of a continent to show how the immense spaces of North America shaped the wars... Read more

The First World War
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2000
$18.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70045-3 (0-375-70045-5)

The definitive account of the Great War and national bestseller from one of our most eminent military historians, John Keegan.

The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century... Read more

A History of Warfare
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1994
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73082-8 (0-679-73082-6)

The acclaimed author and preeminent military historian John Keegan examines centuries of human conflict. From primitive man in the bronze age to the end of the cold war in the twentieth century, Keegan shows how armed conflict has been a primary preoccupation throughout the history of civilization and how deeply rooted... Read more

Intelligence in War
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2004
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70046-0 (0-375-70046-3)

A masterly look at the value and limitations of intelligence in the conduct of war from the premier military historian of our time, John Keegan.

Intelligence gathering is an immensely complicated and vulnerable endeavor. And it often fails. Until the invention of the telegraph and radio, information often traveled no faster... Read more

The Iraq War
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7920-9 (1-4000-7920-9)

The 2003 Iraq war remains among the most mysterious armed conflicts of modernity. In The Iraq War, John Keegan offers a sharp and lucid appraisal of the military campaign, explaining just how the coalition forces defeated an Iraqi army twice its size and addressing such questions as whether Saddam Hussein ever... Read more

The Mask of Command
Written by John Keegan
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | October 1988
$17.00/19.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-011406-5 (0-14-011406-8)

John Keegan’s brilliant look at the meaning of leadership

In The Mask of Command, John Keegan asks us to consider questions that are seldom asked: What is the definition of leadership? What makes a great military leader? Why is it that men, indeed sometimes entire nations, follow a single leader, often to...

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The Price of Admiralty
Written by John Keegan
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | February 1990
$18.00/22.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-009650-7 (0-14-009650-7)

Military historian John Keegan’s gripping history of naval warfare’s evolution.

In The Price of Admirality, leading military historian John Keegan illuminates the history of naval combat by expertly dissecting four landmark sea battles, each featuring a different type of warship: the Battle of Trafalgar, the Battle of Jutland in World War I... Read more

The Second World War
Written by John Keegan
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$28.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303573-2 (0-14-303573-8)

Praised as “the best military historian of our generation” by Tom Clancy, John Keegan reconsiders his masterful study of World War II, The Second World War, with a new foreword

Keegan examines each theater of the war, focusing on five crucial battles and offering new insights into the distinctive methods and... Read more

Six Armies in Normandy
Written by John Keegan
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | June 1994
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-023542-5 (0-14-023542-6)

Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s investigation into World War II and the Normandy Invasion

The armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest Allied achievement of World War II. With dramatic, driving power, John Keegan describes the massed armies—American, Canadian, English, French, German... Read more

The Thirty-Nine Steps
Written by John Buchan, Edited by John Keegan, Introduction by John Keegan
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$11.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144117-7 (0-14-144117-8)

Famous as the basis for several films, including the brilliant 1935 version directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Thirty-Nine Steps is a classic of early twentieth-century popular literature

Richard Hannay has just returned to England after years in South Africa and is thoroughly bored with his life in London. But then a murder is committed... Read more

War and Our World
Written by John Keegan
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2001
$12.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70520-5 (0-375-70520-1)

John Keegan, widely considered the greatest military historian of our time and the author of acclaimed volumes on ancient and modern warfare--including, most recently, The First World War, a national bestseller--distills what he knows about the why’s and how’s of armed conflict into a series of brilliantly concise essays.

Is war a... Read more

Winston Churchill
Written by John Keegan
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | October 2007
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311264-8 (0-14-311264-3)

One of the greatest historians writing today gives us a defining portrait of the incomparable Winston Churchill

In his landmark biography of Winston Churchill, acclaimed historian John Keegan offers a very human portrait of one of the twentieth century's enduring symbols of heroic defiance. From Churchill's youth as a poor student... Read more