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Keegan, John 1934-2012

Overview
Works: 376 works in 1,619 publications in 2 languages and 65,680 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Military history  Maps  Encyclopedias  Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Pictorial works  Atlases  Diaries 
Roles: Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Cartographer, Publishing director, Composer, Director, Creator, Performer
Classifications: D521, 940.3
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Most widely held works by John Keegan
The First World War by John Keegan ( Book )
67 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 5,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times--modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society--and in so doing shattered the faith in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment. With The First World War, John Keegan, one of our most eminent military historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write the definitive account of the Great War for our generation. Probing the mystery of how a civilization at the height of its achievement could have propelled itself into such a ruinous conflict, Keegan takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations among Europe's crowned heads (all of them related to one another by blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the crisis. He reveals how, by an astonishing failure of diplomacy and communication, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf an entire continent. But the heart of Keegan's superb narrative is, of course, his analysis of the military conflict. With unequalled authority and insight, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names have become legend--Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli among them--and sheds new light on the strategies and tactics employed, particularly the contributions of geography and technology. No less central to Keegan's account is the human aspect. He acquaints us with the thoughts of the intriguing personalities who oversaw the tragically unnecessary catastrophe--from heads of state like Russia's hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to renowned warmakers such as Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. But Keegan reserves his most affecting personal sympathy for those whose individual efforts history has not recorded--"the anonymous millions, indistinguishably drab, undifferentially deprived of any scrap of the glories that by tradition made the life of the man-at-arms tolerable." By the end of the war, three great empires--the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Ottoman--had collapsed. But as Keegan shows, the devastation ex-tended over the entirety of Europe, and still profoundly informs the politics and culture of the continent today. His brilliant, panoramic account of this vast and terrible conflict is destined to take its place among the classics of world history
The Second World War by John Keegan ( Book )
43 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 3,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A chronological history of each theater of the war, analyzing five battles for their distinctive kind of warfare of the period
The face of battle by John Keegan ( Book )
85 editions published between 1976 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield--a realistic picture of the fears, pressures, and mechanics of fighting a battle, emphasizing three particular campaigns: Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
A history of warfare by John Keegan ( Book )
54 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the place of warfare in human culture and the human impulse toward violence
The American Civil War : a military history by John Keegan ( Book )
20 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 2,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Analyzes many puzzling aspects of the Civil War, from its mismatched sides to the absence of decisive outcomes for dozens of skirmishes, and offers insight into the war's psychology, ideology, and economics while discussing the pivotal roles of leadership and geography
The Iraq war by John Keegan ( Book )
31 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 2,346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Author of the acclaimed The Face of Battle, and, most recently, Intelligence in War, John Keegan now brings his extraordinary expertise to bear on perhaps the most controversial war of our time. The Iraq War is an urgently needed, up-to-date and informed study of the ongoing conflict. In exclusive interviews with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks, Keegan has gathered information about the war that adds immeasurably to our grasp of its causes, complications, costs and consequences. He probes the reasons for the invasion and delineates the strategy of the American and British forces in capturing Baghdad; he examines the quick victory over the Republican Guard and the more tenacious and deadly opposition that has taken its place. He then analyzes the intelligence information with which the Bush and Blair administrations convinced their respective governments of the need to go to war, and which has since been strongly challenged in both countries. And he makes clear that despite the uncertainty about weapons of mass destruction, regime change, and the use and misuse of intelligence, the war in Iraq is an undeniably formidable display of American power. The Iraq War is authoritative, timely and vitally important to our understanding of a conflict whose full ramifications are as yet unknown
The Times atlas of the Second World War by John Keegan ( )
21 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 2,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hundreds of color maps and photographs cover every campaign of World War II in every theater, accompanied by a chronology of events, an encyclopedic glossary, and an analysis of the war's social, political, and economic contexts
Intelligence in war : knowledge of the enemy from Napoleon to al-Qaeda by John Keegan ( Book )
28 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Portuguese and held by 2,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines a series of historical wartime events to delineate the strategies and outcomes of each while linking the function of their intelligence operations, refuting perceptions that intelligence superiority is a key to war success
The mask of command by John Keegan ( Book )
29 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and held by 2,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author asserts that generalship is a cultural activity as well as an exercise in power or military skill and that it provides great insights into particular eras or places
Six armies in Normandy : from D-Day to the liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944 by John Keegan ( Book )
20 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 2,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the story of the Allied invasion of Normandy and shows how each of the armies mirrored its own nation's values
Winston Churchill : a Penguin life by John Keegan ( Book )
14 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When today's world leaders need inspiration and strength in times of crisis, they often turn to Winston Churchill, quoting him and citing his heroic example. The son of a member of Parliament, Churchill, a poor academic student, wanted to be a soldier early in life. But after he escaped from a South African prison camp, his national fame catapulted him into a life of politics. In this Penguin life, the eminent historian John Keegan charts Churchill's career, following his steadfast leadership during the catastrophic events of World War II while England was dangerously poised on the brink of collapse. With wonderful eloquence, Keegan illuminates Churchill's incredible strength during this crucial moment in history and his unshakable belief that democracy would always prevail. Keegan looks at Churchill's speeches, which are some of the greatest examples of English oratory, and identifies his ability to communicate his own idea of an English past as the source of Churchill's greatness. He also sheds light on the political climate of Churchill's time. The result is an insightful, sensitive portrait of Churchill the war leader and Churchill the man
Who was who in World War II by John Keegan ( Book )
39 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains 500 entries about major military and political figures from World War II
Soldiers : a history of men in battle by John Keegan ( Book )
19 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Celebrated military historian, John Keegan, and co-author, Richard Holmes, chart the changes in the conduct of warfare through history with an instructive combination of analysis and illustration. In the process they reveal that what has not changed is that an army ultimately has to depend on the courage and determination of its fighting men
The price of admiralty : the evolution of naval warfare by John Keegan ( Book )
18 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 1,691 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Rand McNally encyclopedia of World War II ( Book )
8 editions published between 1977 and 1986 in English and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alphabetically arranged entries deal with the battles, weapons, political events, and personalities connected with World War II
Who's who in military history : from 1453 to the present day by John Keegan ( Book )
37 editions published between 1976 and 2002 in English and held by 1,298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Who's Who in Military History looks at those people who have shaped the course of war. Broad in geographical and chronological scope, it concentrates on all the periods and conflicts about which the reader is likely to want information, up to and including the Persian Gulf War. It provides detailed biographies of the most interesting and important figures in military history from 1453 to the present day, a series of maps showing the main theatres of war, a glossary of common words and phrases, an accessible and user-friendly A-Z layout, and a unique and invaluable source of information for the student and general reader alike."--BOOK JACKET
An illustrated history of the First World War by John Keegan ( Book )
6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From a premier military historian comes a stunningly illustrated volume incorporating an abridged text of his bestselling "The First World War." Full color and b&w. Now Keegan has gathered together 475 photographs, maps, & other illustrations that allow us to see what his text so brilliantly describes: the startling ferocity of the conflict; the hellish nature of the trenches; the legendary battles of Flanders, the Somme, Verdun, Gallipoli, & their aftermaths; the tanks, submarines, & airplanes new to the battlefield; the faces of the statesmen who made the war & the soldiers who fought it. Together, text & illustrations give us the most comprehensive & illuminating history we have of the First World War, the progenitor of all 20th-century warfare. John Keegan's The First World War was everywhere praised, and became the definitive account of the war that created the modern world. The New York Times Book Review acclaimed Keegan as "the best military historian of our day," and the Washington Post called the book "a grand narrative history [and] a pleasure to read." Now Keegan gives us a lavishly illustrated history of the war, brilliantly interweaving his narrative-some of it derived from his classic work and some of it new-with a brilliant selection of photograps, paintings, cartoons and posters drawn from archives across Europe and America, some published here for the first time. These images take us into the heart of battles that have become legend: Ypres, Gallipoli, Verdun, the Somme. They show us the generals' war and the privates' war-young soldiers, away from home for the first time, coming of age under fire. We see how a civilization at the height of its power and influence crippled itself as the faith in progress, rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment was shattered. We see how four empires-the German, the Russian, the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman-collapsed, and how the seeds for the Second World War were planted. Keegan tells how ambition, mistrust and failures of diplomacy and communication all played a part in allowing this conflict to set ablaze what was then the world's most prosperous society. And he describes how the effects of this war lasted long after it ended; its ghosts still haunt Europe today. An iIllustrated History of the First World War carries us across the Europe of nearly a century ago, revealing the devastation, camaraderie, political machinations and battlefield maneuverings that changed the world. It presents the essential cast of that cataclysmic drama, from the decision makers at the top-Haig, Joffre, Hindenberg, Pershing-to the troops in the trenches. Through its unique amalgam of pictorial and narrative brilliance, the book illuminates the war as no other work has done
World armies by John Keegan ( Book )
29 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Churchill's generals by John Keegan ( Book )
21 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bogen omfatter biografier på 18 af Churchills betydeligste generaler under 2. Verdenskrig forfattet af 17 forskellige forfattere
The battle for history : re-fighting World War II by John Keegan ( Book )
23 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Although fifty years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did President Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Might bombing the Auschwitz railroad have impeded the course of the Holocaust? Now one of our most esteemed military historians assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II, and the controversies that have arisen from that literature, in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment. 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
 
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Alternative Names
Keegan, John
Keegan, John Desmond Patrick.
Keegan, John Desmond Patrick, Sir, 1934-2012
Киган, Джон, 1934-
キーガン, ジョン
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