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The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing

The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing

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.

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

USĀMAH 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 — 1806

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 — 1028) - In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’

ERWIN ROMMEL - Infantry Attacks

COMPTON MACKENZIE - Gallipoli Memories

SIDNEY ROGERSON - Twelve Days

JOHN MCCRA E. (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 (I)

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 aud a Tiger

ALEXANDER STAHLBERG - Bounden Duty (I)

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

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