The Bottom Line
- A study of humanity, not just war.
- Deep and skillful analysis
- Covers all eras with equal deft.
- Might be mistaken for a reference work.
- Difficult to find specific details.
- 432 pages, including index.
- 24 colour plates, plus maps and charts.
- Published by Pimlico, ISBN: 0712698507.
Guide Review - A History of Warfare by John Keegan
Readers looking for a quick summary of one or two eras might be disappointed, but the work is full of european - and worldwide - detail. Indeed, no course on military history will be complete without a discussion of Keegan's many points, ideas for which he argues persuasively and passionately, if not always successfully. The content is supported with a range of black & white plates and some excellent maps, but the select bibliography is lacking: given that Keegan is the foremost historian in his subject, I'd have liked a more discursive listing. However, fans of the author will be pleased to see his eloquent style, and another of his depreciating, almost apologetic, introductions, present.