- Publisher: VINTAGE
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 34mm | 322g
- Publication date: 5 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0712616101
- ISBN 13: 9780712616102
- Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
- Illustrations note: 16
- Sales rank: 36,235
The American Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest of modern wars. It is also one of the most mysterious. It has captured the imagination of writers, artists and film-makers for decades but the reality of it confuses and divides historians even today. In this magisterial history of the first modern war, the distinguished military historian John Keegan unpicks the geography, leadership and strategic logic of the war and takes us to the heart of the conflict. His captivating work promises to be the definitive history of the American Civil War.
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John Keegan, who was knighted in the Millennium Honours List, is the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Britain's foremost military historian. The Reith Lecturer in 1998, he is the author of many bestselling books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Second World War, A History of Warfare (awarded the Duff Cooper Prize), The First World War, Intelligence in War and The Iraq War. John Keegan died in August 2012.
"Vivid and compelling" Sunday Times "It is hard to see how Keegan's masterful and thought-provoking book could be beaten" Daily Telegraph "In its range and sweep, this book is difficult to better and promises to become the definitive account of the conflict" Daily Mail "One of our finest military historians, Keegan brings a shrewd and discerning eye to [the] conflict... compelling" Literary Review "The best military historian of our day" New York Times