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Intelligence in War: The value--and limitations--of what the military can learn about the enemy

 
 
 
 
Intelligence in War: The value--and limitations--of what the military can learn about the enemy
Author: John Keegan
ISBN 13: 9780375700460
ISBN 10: 375700463
Edition: 9.12.2004
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2004-10-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $17.00
 
 

John Keegan, whose many books, including classic histories of the two world wars, have confirmed him as the premier miltary historian of our time, here presents a masterly look at the value and limitations of intelligence in the conduct of war.

Intelligence gathering is an immensely complicated and vulnerable endeavor. And it often fails. Until the invention of the telegraph and radio, information often traveled no faster than a horse could ride, yet intelligence helped defeat Napoleon. In the twentieth century, photo analysts didn’t recognize Germany’s V-2 rockets for what they were; on the other hand, intelligence helped lead to victory over the Japanese at Midway. In Intelligence in War, John Keegan illustrates that only when paired with force has military intelligence been an effective tool, as it may one day be in besting al-Qaeda.

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Intelligence has its advantages, notes distinguished historian Keegan, but it's never decisive in winning a war. With a nine-city author tour. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.