The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme

The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme

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by John Keegan
     
 

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The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at ‘the point of maximum danger’. It examines the physical conditions of fighting, the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle, as well as the motives that impel soldiers to stand and fight rather than run away. And in his

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The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at ‘the point of maximum danger’. It examines the physical conditions of fighting, the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle, as well as the motives that impel soldiers to stand and fight rather than run away. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles, John Keegan vividly conveys their reality for the participants, whether facing the arrow cloud of Agincourt, the levelled muskets of Waterloo or the steel rain of the Somme.

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“The most brilliant evocation of military experience in our time.”
–C.P. Snow

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ISBN-13:
9781844137480
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.87(d)

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"The most brilliant evocation of military experience in our time"
—C.P. Snow

"In this book, which is so creative, so original, one learns as much about the nature of man as of battle."
—J.H. Plumb, The New York Times Book Review

"This without any doubt is one of the half-dozen best books on warfare to appear in the English language since the end of the Second World War."
—Michael Howard, The Sunday Times

"A totally original and brilliant book"
The New York Review of Books

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