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

 
 
 
 
The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
Author: John Keegan
ISBN 13: 9780140048971
ISBN 10: 140048979
Edition: New Edition
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1983
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
List Price: $17.00
 
 

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 of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.