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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 fighting against the Iraqi troops in Kuwait during the Gulf War. ...
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 fighting against the Iraqi troops in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Keegan gathers more than eighty selections, including Caesar’s Commentaries on the Roman invasion of Britain; the French Knight Jehan de Wavrin at the battle of Agincourt; Davy Crockett in the war against the Creek; Wellington’s dispatch on Waterloo; Hemingway after Caporetto; and Ernie Pyle at Normandy.
“The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy
“A monumental piece of literary military history.” –Chicago Tribune
A brilliantly edited and comprehensive anthology."—The New York Times Book Review.
Editor's Acknowledgments Introduction
Thucydides: The Melian Dialogue Thucydides: The Final Sea Battle Xenophon: The Battle of Cunaxa and Death of Cyrus Xenophon: A Plundering Expedition Julius Caesar: First British Expedition Josephus: The Horrors of the Siege Usamah Ibn-Munqidh: An Arab-Syrian Gentleman Jean Froissart: The Battle of Crécy, 26 August 1346
Jehan de Wavrin: A French Knight's Account of Agincourt Andrew Wheatcroft: The Fall of Constantinople Diego Hurtado de Mendoze: Such Botching, Disorder and Chaos Francesco Balbi di Correggio: The Siege of Malta Inga Clendinnen: Aztecs George Peele (1558-1596): Farewell to Arms Father Paul Ragueneau: An Attack by Iroquois Warriors William Dunbar: Braddock at the Monongahela Robert Southey (1774-1843): The Battle of Blenheim Anna Myers: The Revolution Remembered (1)
John Scott of Amwell (1730-1793): The Drum Jacob Zimmerman: The Revolution Remembered (2)
David Crockett: Davy Crockett John D. Hunter: Captivity Among the Indians Thomas Campbell (1777-1844): Hohenlinden
Sergeant William Lawrence: Fugitive and Recruit 1804-6
Sergeant William Lawrence: Badajoz March-April 1812
A Gentleman Volunteer: The Battle of Vitorio Helen Roeder: Captain Roeder Victor Hugo (1802-1885): Russia 1812
Private Wheeler: The Letters of Private Wheeler Duke of Wellington: Wellington's Waterloo Despatch James Bodell: A Soldier's View of Empire Henry Clifford: Clifford in the Crimea Colin Frederick Campbell: Letters from Camp W. H. Fitchett: The Relief of Lucknow Lieutenant-Colonel Fremantle: The Fremantle Diary Stephen Crane (1871-1900): War is Kind Elizabeth B. Custer: General Custer Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936): Tommy Isandhlwana and Rorke's Drift, 1879: Four eyewitness accounts Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938): Vitaï Lampada
Stephen Graham: How the News of War Came to a Village on the Chinese Frontier Thomas Hardy (1840-1928): In Time of 'The Breaking of Nations'
Erwin Rommel: Infantry Attacks Compton Mackenzie: Gallipoli Memories Sidney Rogerson: Twelve Days John McCrae (1872-1918): In Flanders Fields John Glubb: A Soldier's Diary of the Great War Brigadier-General E.L. Spears: Prelude to Victory W.B. Yeats: An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Robert Graves: Goodbye to All That Ernest Hemingway: Wounded (1)
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967): The Hero Gerald Uloth: Riding to War Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967): The General Isaac Babel: Red Cavalry Wilfred Owen (1893-1918): Anthem for Doomed Youth John Masters: Bugles and a Tiger Alexander Stahlberg: Bounden Duty Tim Bishop: One Young Soldier George Orwell: Wounded (2)
Bruce Shand: Previous Engagements Winston Churchill: BBC Broadcast, London, 19 May 1940
Stuart Milner-Barry: Codebreakers Peter Cremer: U-333
Hugh Dundas: Flying Start George Kennard: Loopy Studs Terkel: The Good War Obituary: David Stirling Keith Douglas (1920-44): Aristocrats Alexander Stahlberg: Bounden Duty (2)
Geyr von Schweppenburg: On the Other Side of the Hill Marie-Louise Osmont: Normandy Diary Ernie Pyle: Battle and Breakout in Normandy David Smiley: Albanian Assignment Franklin Lindsay: Beacons in the Night Alexander Stahlberg: Bounden Duty (3)
George MacDonald Fraser: Quartered Safe Out Here Eric Lomax: The Railway Man William Laurence: Bombing Nagasaki C.W. Bowman: Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning James Fenton: The Fall of Saigon Andy McNab: Bravo Two Zero
Sources and Acknowledgments Index of Authors Index
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