Keegan, John 1934-
Most widely held works about John Keegan
Most widely held works by John Keegan
The First World War by John Keegan ( Book )
34 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and French and held by 3,986 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.
A history of warfare by John Keegan ( Book )
45 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 3,149 libraries worldwide
Examines the place of warfare in human culture and the human impulse toward violence.
The Second World War by John Keegan ( Book )
26 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 3,106 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 )
42 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,982 libraries worldwide
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.
The Iraq war by John Keegan ( Book )
24 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 2,252 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.
Fields of battle : the wars for North America by John Keegan ( Book )
28 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 2,095 libraries worldwide
In North America geography has shaped the course of military history as it has nowhere else in the world. Our vast interior spaces, huge mountain ranges, extensive river systems, and boundless prairies have determined each critical conflict for control of the continent. Guided by this central insight, the acclaimed military historian John Keegan takes us on a tour of every major fortification and scene of battle in North America, from the arrival of the Europeans in the sixteenth century to the final defeat of the native American population in the nineteenth. He shows how the unique character of the American terrain and climate, and the inevitable competition for the land's wealth of natural resources, dictated why men fortified where they did, campaigned as they did, and were drawn to those battlefields - Yorktown, Gettysburg, Bull Run, to mention only a few - whose names are now part of our mythology.
The Times atlas of the Second World War ( )
10 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and Japanese and held by 2,060 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.
Six armies in Normandy : from D-Day to the liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944 by John Keegan ( Book )
11 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 2,044 libraries worldwide
Tells the story of the Allied invasion of Normandy and shows how each of the armies mirrored its own nation's values.
The American Civil War : a military history by John Keegan ( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,979 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 mask of command by John Keegan ( Book )
16 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,861 libraries worldwide
Intelligence in war : knowledge of the enemy from Napoleon to al-Qaeda by John Keegan ( Book )
19 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Polish and held by 1,834 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.
Soldiers : a history of men in battle by John Keegan ( Book )
11 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and held by 1,681 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 )
7 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 1,610 libraries worldwide
The Rand McNally encyclopedia of World War II ( Book )
6 editions published between 1977 and 1986 in English and held by 1,342 libraries worldwide
Winston Churchill : a Penguin life by John Keegan ( Book )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,310 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 )
3 editions published between 1978 and 1984 in English and held by 1,074 libraries worldwide
Atlas of the 20th century by Richard Natkiel ( )
2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 1,068 libraries worldwide
Contains 200 maps accompained by text and photographs. Charts the political changes that have occurred throughout the 20th century.
Who's who in military history : from 1453 to the present day by John Keegan ( Book )
11 editions published between 1976 and 2002 in English and held by 1,028 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.
World armies ( Book )
11 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and held by 1,023 libraries worldwide
Churchill's generals ( Book )
15 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and Czech and held by 1,019 libraries worldwide
Churchill gathered talented officers around him. This book is an analysis of 20 of these men. Included are Alanbrooke, Wavell and Montgomery.
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