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

Authors: Keegan, John
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS027060, TEC025000, HIS010020
ISBN: 9781440673993, Related ISBNs: 0140048979, 0670304328, 1440673993, 9780140048971, 9780670304325
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 368,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:
John Keegan's groundbreaking portrayal of the common soldier in the heat of battle -- a masterpiece that explores the physical and mental aspects of warfare

The Face of Battle
is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

The Face of Battle is a companion volume to John Keegan's classic study of the individual soldier, The Mask of Command: together they form a masterpiece of military and human history.
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