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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: Unabridged 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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ben | 2/20/2014

    " A bit disappointing, at least compared to some of Keegan's better books. It does serve a pretty good overview of the Civil War, though I'm not sure how much additional information or insight someone who has read a fair amount of Civil War history would get. Keegan's books on the first and second World War were exciting and enjoyable reads--this one doesn't have the snap of either of the two of them, which is what I was expecting from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ed | 2/14/2014

    " An excellent book on the American Civil War by the well-known British military historian. It has the virtues of an outsider's viewpoint. One of the few books that doesn't fawn over Lee. He makes the case that Grant's grasp on strategy was much deeper than Lee's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mickey Mantle | 2/10/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed Keegan's "The American Civil War." I found it to be interesting, well-written and researched. Like all Keegan's books, I keep it on my self for handy reference. I heard that Dr. McPherson gave the book a less than stellar review. I don't understand why. "

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