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Keegan, John 1934-2012

Works: 281 works in 1,847 publications in 11 languages and 63,846 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Maps  Scientific atlases  Reference works  Encyclopedias  Sources  Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Consultant, Composer, Cartographer, Publishing director
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Most widely held works about John Keegan
Most widely held works by John Keegan
The First World War by John Keegan( Book )

85 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 6,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The First World War created the modern world. A conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. It also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times--modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society--and in so doing shattered the faith in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe since the Enlightenment. With The First World War, John Keegan, one of our most eminent military historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write the definitive account of the Great War for our generation. Probing the mystery of how a civilization at the height of its achievement could have propelled itself into such a ruinous conflict, Keegan takes us behind the scenes of the negotiations among Europe's crowned heads (all of them related to one another by blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the crisis. He reveals how, by an astonishing failure of diplomacy and communication, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf an entire continent. But the heart of Keegan's superb narrative is, of course, his analysis of the military conflict. With unequalled authority and insight, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names have become legend--Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli among them--and sheds new light on the strategies and tactics employed, particularly the contributions of geography and technology. No less central to Keegan's account is the human aspect. He acquaints us with the thoughts of the intriguing personalities who oversaw the tragically unnecessary catastrophe--from heads of state like Russia's hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to renowned warmakers such as Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. But Keegan reserves his most affecting personal sympathy for those whose individual efforts history has not recorded--"the anonymous millions, indistinguishably drab, undifferentially deprived of any scrap of the glories that by tradition made the life of the man-at-arms tolerable." By the end of the war, three great empires--the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Ottoman--had collapsed. But as Keegan shows, the devastation ex-tended over the entirety of Europe, and still profoundly informs the politics and culture of the continent today. His brilliant, panoramic account of this vast and terrible conflict is destined to take its place among the classics of world history
The face of battle by John Keegan( Book )

118 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield--a realistic picture of the fears, pressures, and mechanics of fighting a battle, emphasizing three particular campaigns: Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
The Second World War by John Keegan( Book )

68 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 3,570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronological history of each theater of the war, analyzing five battles for their distinctive kind of warfare of the period
A history of warfare by John Keegan( Book )

92 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 3,430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the place of warfare in human culture and the human impulse toward violence
Six armies in Normandy : from D-Day to the liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944 by John Keegan( Book )

48 editions published between 1982 and 2011 in English and held by 2,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of the Allied invasion of Normandy and shows how each of the armies mirrored its own nation's values
The American Civil War : a military history by John Keegan( Book )

30 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 2,561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes many puzzling aspects of the Civil War, from its mismatched sides to the absence of decisive outcomes for dozens of skirmishes, and offers insight into the war's psychology, ideology, and economics while discussing the pivotal roles of leadership and geography
The Times atlas of the Second World War by John Keegan( )

28 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 2,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hundreds of color maps and photographs cover every campaign of World War II in every theater, accompanied by a chronology of events, an encyclopedic glossary, and an analysis of the war's social, political, and economic contexts
The mask of command by John Keegan( Book )

46 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author asserts that generalship is a cultural activity as well as an exercise in power or military skill and that it provides great insights into particular eras or places
Intelligence in war : knowledge of the enemy from Napoleon to al-Qaeda by John Keegan( Book )

37 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Polish and held by 2,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines a series of historical wartime events to delineate the strategies and outcomes of each while linking the function of their intelligence operations, refuting perceptions that intelligence superiority is a key to war success
Winston Churchill : a Penguin life by John Keegan( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When today's world leaders need inspiration and strength in times of crisis, they often turn to Winston Churchill, quoting him and citing his heroic example. The son of a member of Parliament, Churchill, a poor academic student, wanted to be a soldier early in life. But after he escaped from a South African prison camp, his national fame catapulted him into a life of politics. In this Penguin life, the eminent historian John Keegan charts Churchill's career, following his steadfast leadership during the catastrophic events of World War II while England was dangerously poised on the brink of collapse. With wonderful eloquence, Keegan illuminates Churchill's incredible strength during this crucial moment in history and his unshakable belief that democracy would always prevail. Keegan looks at Churchill's speeches, which are some of the greatest examples of English oratory, and identifies his ability to communicate his own idea of an English past as the source of Churchill's greatness. He also sheds light on the political climate of Churchill's time. The result is an insightful, sensitive portrait of Churchill the war leader and Churchill the man
The price of admiralty : the evolution of naval warfare by John Keegan( Book )

25 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forfatteren giver her sin skarpe analyse af historiske søslag, nemlig om 1. slaget ved Trafalgar - et klassisk slag mellem træskibe, 2. Jyllandsslaget, udkæmpet af jernbeslåede dampskibe, 3. slaget ved Midway-øerne, hvor hangarskibe viste sig at være nøglespillere og 4. slaget om atlanterhavet, hvor krig med undervandsbåde markedede en stor teknologisk ændring af søoperationer. Med en eksperts indsigt dissikerer Keegan hvert slag med meget mere
Soldiers : a history of men in battle by John Keegan( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1999 in English and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celebrated military historian, John Keegan, and co-author, Richard Holmes, chart the changes in the conduct of warfare through history with an instructive combination of analysis and illustration. In the process they reveal that what has not changed is that an army ultimately has to depend on the courage and determination of its fighting men
Who was who in World War II by John Keegan( Book )

50 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brief, illustrated biographies of important military and political figures from the Second World War
Who's who in military history : from 1453 to the present day by John Keegan( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2016 in English and Russian and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Who's Who in Military History looks at those people who have shaped the course of war. Broad in geographical and chronological scope, it concentrates on all the periods and conflicts about which the reader is likely to want information, up to and including the Persian Gulf War. It provides detailed biographies of the most interesting and important figures in military history from 1453 to the present day, a series of maps showing the main theatres of war, a glossary of common words and phrases, an accessible and user-friendly A-Z layout, and a unique and invaluable source of information for the student and general reader alike."--Jacket
The Rand McNally encyclopedia of World War II( Book )

10 editions published between 1977 and 1986 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alphabetically arranged entries deal with the battles, weapons, political events, and personalities connected with World War II
World armies by John Keegan( Book )

33 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Churchill's generals by John Keegan( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bogen omfatter biografier på 18 af Churchills betydeligste generaler under 2. Verdenskrig forfattet af 17 forskellige forfattere
The battle for history : re-fighting World War II by John Keegan( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although fifty years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did President Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor? Might bombing the Auschwitz railroad have impeded the course of the Holocaust? Now one of our most esteemed military historians assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II, and the controversies that have arisen from that literature, in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment. With the same erudition, discernment, and crisp prose that made his A History of Warfare an international bestseller, Keegan surveys the literature of World War II, identifying the works he finds most important and illuminating while examining the sometimes savage controversies raised by two generations of the war's historians
The book of war by John Keegan( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and Turkish and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than eighty accounts, drawn largely from protagonists or eyewitnesses, of events in wars from the Greek Heroic Era to the Gulf War in Kuwait chronicle the evolution of western warfare
Fields of battle : the wars for North America by John Keegan( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In North America geography has shaped the course of military history as it has nowhere else in the world. Our vast interior spaces, huge mountain ranges, extensive river systems, and boundless prairies have determined each critical conflict for control of the continent. Guided by this central insight, the acclaimed military historian John Keegan takes us on a tour of every major fortification and scene of battle in North America, from the arrival of the Europeans in the sixteenth century to the final defeat of the native American population in the nineteenth. He shows how the unique character of the American terrain and climate, and the inevitable competition for the land's wealth of natural resources, dictated why men fortified where they did, campaigned as they did, and were drawn to those battlefields - Yorktown, Gettysburg, Bull Run, to mention only a few - whose names are now part of our mythology. Drawing upon more than thirty years of experience researching and writing about warfare throughout recorded time, Keegan brings his unique understanding to bear on all the famed engagements of our military history, including Wolfe's victory over Montcalm at Quebec, the legendary battles of the Revolutionary War (as Keegan explains, Washington knew particularly well how to use space and distance), and, of course, the colossal campaigns of the Civil War. An important theme of this book concerns how the war-making assumptions of the Old World met conditions in the New, and so Keegan concludes his narrative with an apt twist: he recalls the arrival of troops from the United States and Canada to save his native Britain and liberate France from German domination during World War II
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The face of battleThe Second World WarA history of warfareSix armies in Normandy : from D-Day to the liberation of Paris, June 6th-August 25th, 1944The American Civil War : a military historyThe Times atlas of the Second World WarThe mask of commandIntelligence in war : knowledge of the enemy from Napoleon to al-Qaeda