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This is an auction for THE FACE OF BATTLE by John Keegan.

Subtitled "A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme".

"The most brilliant evocation of military experience in our time"
—C.P. Snow

"In this book, which is so creative, so original, one learns as much about the nature of man as of battle."
—J.H. Plumb, The New York Times Book Review

"This without any doubt is one of the half-dozen best books on warfare to appear in the English language since the end of the Second World War."
—Michael Howard, The Sunday Times

"A totally original and brilliant book"
—The New York Review of Books

Amazon.com review:

"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 the definitive model for military historians. 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."

"FIVE STARS!! The Face of Battle" is one of the finest military histories ever written. It is one of the very few military history books I have read (and I have read many) that changed my sense of not only what battle is, but what history is and can be. If you read only one book of military history, read this one."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Penguin paperback 1984.

365 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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