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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Keegan Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America’s most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name. Now Keegan examines these and other puzzles with a peerless understanding of warfare, uncovering dimensions of the conflict that have eluded earlier historiography.

While offering original and perceptive insights into psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics, Keegan reveals the war’s hidden shape—a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and, above all, geography, the Rosetta Stone of his legendary decipherments of all great battles. The American topography, Keegan argues, presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since. Out of a succession of mythic but chaotic engagements, he weaves an irresistible narrative illuminated with comparisons to the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and other conflicts. 

The American Civil War
 is sure to be hailed as a definitive account of its eternally fascinating subject.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed the insights of a foreign military historian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Bird | 1/30/2014

    " I wonder whether this was the publisher's idea. Unlike the majority of his writings, on this topic, Keegan offers little original, and as other reviewers have noted, makes unaccustomed errors of fact. Sadly, not worthy of the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mickey Mantle | 1/25/2014

    " A great concise military history. A wonderful read. To the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bookmarks Magazine | 1/22/2014

    " In his broad, single-volume history, Keegan offers an outsider's view of the American Civil War, providing fresh insights from a bracingly impartial perspective. However, though critics were quick to voice their admiration for Keegan's previous works, they were deeply disappointed by The American Civil War. His narrative is lamentably riddled with inaccuracies, including the dates, locations, and events of major battles. He incorrectly attributes well-known quotes, presents disproved myths as facts, and repeatedly contradicts himself. Critics also bemoaned the brevity of the book, which muddled the repetitive descriptions of battles and troop movements, and Keegan's obscure asides. ""He's loath to leave any of his erudition off the table,"" opines the New York Times. Critics expected more from this eminent historian, and readers may be similarly disappointed. This is an excerpt of a review published in Bookmarks magazine. "

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