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

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

by John Keegan
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The Face of Battle 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Forty-odd years after this book was written it still seems timely. As we watch the U.S. armed forces cracking under the strain of multiple conflicts, Keegan's conclusions about battle stress seem eerily prescient. Have Army planners ignored the studies done during WWII about battle exhaustion and soldiers' breakdown? Apparently so. As I write this a US soldier has just massacred over a dozen Afghan civilians on his fourth deployment. The Face of Battle is a fascinating and moving study of men facing death and the methods they use to cope with the terror of that experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, however, you often need a dictionary or english textbook handy to comprehend the text. It is definatley not a book to read while the TV or kids are cluttering your background. I often found myself reading the paragraphs several times to gain the intended understanding. Yet, all these negative statements aside, I do feel like a better educated individual after reading it. I believe I have a much better grip on the occurances of the 3 battles highlighted as well as how the details of these battles can be applied as rule to all military engagements.
thompsot1 More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by Mr. Keegan. I don't find him particularly exciting to read. I do find his information good, and he does give me additional perspective on the issues he writes about.
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