The Book of War

The Book of War

25 Centuries of Great War Writing

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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140296556
  • 512 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s anthology of war writing from 25 centuries of battle
 
In The Book of War, John Keegan marshals a formidable host of war writings to chronicle the evolution of Western warfare through the voice of the most eloquent participants—from Thucydides’ classic account of ancient Greek phalanx warfare to a blow-by-blow description of ground fighting against the Iraqi troops in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Keegan gathers more than eighty selections, including Caesar’s Commentaries on the Roman invasion of Britain; the French Knight Jehan de Wavrin at the battle of Agincourt; Davy Crockett in the war against the Creek; Wellington’s dispatch on Waterloo; Hemingway after Caporetto; and Ernie Pyle at Normandy.

“The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy
 
“A monumental piece of literary military history.” –Chicago Tribune

A brilliantly edited and comprehensive anthology."—The New York Times Book Review.


Table of Contents

Editor’s Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part I
Thucydides: The Melian Dialogue
Thucydides: The Final Sea Battle
Xenophon: The Battle of Cunaxa and Death of Cyrus
Xenophon: A Plundering Expedition
Julius Caesar: First British Expedition
Josephus: The Horrors of the Siege
Usamah Ibn-Munqidh: An Arab-Syrian Gentleman
Jean Froissart: The Battle of Crécy, 26 August 1346
Jehan de Wavrin: A French Knight’s Account of Agincourt
Andrew Wheatcroft: The Fall of Constantinople
Diego Hurtado de Mendoze: Such Botching, Disorder and Chaos
Francesco Balbi di Correggio: The Siege of Malta
Inga Clendinnen: Aztecs
George Peele (1558-1596): Farewell to Arms
Father Paul Ragueneau: An Attack by Iroquois Warriors
William Dunbar: Braddock at the Monongahela
Robert Southey (1774-1843): The Battle of Blenheim
Anna Myers: The Revolution Remembered (1)
John Scott of Amwell (1730-1793): The Drum
Jacob Zimmerman: The Revolution Remembered (2)
David Crockett: Davy Crockett
John D. Hunter: Captivity Among the Indians
Thomas Campbell (1777-1844): Hohenlinden

Part II
Sergeant William Lawrence: Fugitive and Recruit 1804-6
Sergeant William Lawrence: Badajoz March-April 1812
A Gentleman Volunteer: The Battle of Vitorio
Helen Roeder: Captain Roeder
Victor Hugo (1802-1885): Russia 1812
Private Wheeler: The Letters of Private Wheeler
Duke of Wellington: Wellington’s Waterloo Despatch
James Bodell: A Soldier’s View of Empire
Henry Clifford: Clifford in the Crimea
Colin Frederick Campbell: Letters from Camp
W. H. Fitchett: The Relief of Lucknow
Lieutenant-Colonel Fremantle: The Fremantle Diary
Stephen Crane (1871-1900): War is Kind
Elizabeth B. Custer: General Custer
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936): Tommy
Isandhlwana and Rorke’s Drift, 1879: Four eyewitness accounts
Sir Henry Newbolt (1862-1938): Vitaï Lampada

Part III
Stephen Graham: How the News of War Came to a Village on the Chinese Frontier
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928): In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’
Erwin Rommel: Infantry Attacks
Compton Mackenzie: Gallipoli Memories
Sidney Rogerson: Twelve Days
John McCrae (1872-1918): In Flanders Fields
John Glubb: A Soldier’s Diary of the Great War
Brigadier-General E.L. Spears: Prelude to Victory
W.B. Yeats: An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
Robert Graves: Goodbye to All That
Ernest Hemingway: Wounded (1)
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967): The Hero
Gerald Uloth: Riding to War
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967): The General
Isaac Babel: Red Cavalry
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918): Anthem for Doomed Youth
John Masters: Bugles and a Tiger
Alexander Stahlberg: Bounden Duty
Tim Bishop: One Young Soldier
George Orwell: Wounded (2)
Bruce Shand: Previous Engagements
Winston Churchill: BBC Broadcast, London, 19 May 1940
Stuart Milner-Barry: Codebreakers
Peter Cremer: U-333
Hugh Dundas: Flying Start
George Kennard: Loopy
Studs Terkel: The Good War
Obituary: David Stirling
Keith Douglas (1920-44): Aristocrats
Alexander Stahlberg: Bounden Duty (2)
Geyr von Schweppenburg: On the Other Side of the Hill
Marie-Louise Osmont: Normandy Diary
Ernie Pyle: Battle and Breakout in Normandy
David Smiley: Albanian Assignment
Franklin Lindsay: Beacons in the Night
Alexander Stahlberg: Bounden Duty (3)
George MacDonald Fraser: Quartered Safe Out Here
Eric Lomax: The Railway Man
William Laurence: Bombing Nagasaki
C.W. Bowman: Red Thunder, Tropic Lightning
James Fenton: The Fall of Saigon
Andy McNab: Bravo Two Zero

Sources and Acknowledgments
Index of Authors
Index

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