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by John Keegan

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Author: John Keegan
ISBN: 0676970044
ISBN13: 978-0676970043
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Vintage Canada Edition edition (1996)
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Military history and geography explain each other in North America as nowhere else in the world.

Military history and geography explain each other in North America as nowhere else in the world. Award-winning historian John Keegan explores their relationship and examines the battles fought over three centuries between Frenchman and Indian, Royalist and colonist, Union and Confederacy, offering compelling profiles of both the land and military leaders, alongside historical events.

Author: John Keegan In very good condition. Book ships from New Brunswick, Canada. Can send photos upon request. Hardcover Publisher: Key Porter 1995 ISBN: 1550136216 A12. Hardcover Publisher: Key Porte. (2).

Travels of a Military Historian in North America. This opus is a labour of love". An excursus on the military sites of North America that cleverly marries theme and chronology". He combines personal experiences with professional observations in a way that makes this sterling book an engrossing blend of anecdotal reminiscence and analytical reflection.

Items related to Warpaths!: Travels of a Military Historian in North. John Keegan has visited battlefields throughout the world, but finds himself constantly returning to North America which he loves. John Keegan Warpaths!: Travels of a Military Historian in North America. ISBN 13: 9780788157929. Warpaths!: Travels of a Military Historian in North America. ISBN 10: 0788157922 ISBN 13: 9780788157929. Here, geography and climate have shaped the course of military history as they have nowhere else in the world.

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Military history and geography explain each other in North America as nowhere else in the world

Military history and geography explain each other in North America as nowhere else in the world.

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FireWater
I am a fan of John Keegan. History, especially military history, and geography as it relates to history are among my favorite reading topics and as such, John Keegan's body of work has been, title after title, highly enjoyable, informative and insightful. I've read most all of it. And as a British historian who admits to loving Americans and the U.S.A., he writes with perspective and objectivity that American authors can't have generally.

Here's the rub. Glaring errors of fact in a history book are unacceptable. I noticed two. Johnston didn't order a retreat on the second day of the Battle of Shiloh because he died on the first day. And the Green river in Wyoming isn't a tributary of the Sweetwater, being across South Pass and hence the Continental Divide.

As details, the factual errors don't effect the narrative or Keegan's conclusions but they cast doubt on the rest of the work. They stick in my head and won't go away. Whether caused by haste, poor editing or any other cause, they detract from the book and that is a shame.

Three stars might be overly generous, but I am a fan and a reader of History books rather than a Historian or professional literary critic, so three stars it is.
Ohatollia
Of the many books by John Keegan that I have read, this is by far the least enjoyable. Two stars is probably a harsh assessment, but there are a few points that annoy me greatly about the book, and overshadow the scholarship and insight that are also present in significant quantities.
First, the positive. As usual, Keegan looks for parallels and contrasts in defining historical people, places, or battles. In this book he analyses the geography of North America and describes 4 wars on its soil in terms of the limitations and opportunities offered by key strategic points. The wars include those between English and French about Quebec, the American Revolution, the Civil War's Penninsular campaign, and the wars of extermination of the Native Peoples in the Plains territories (including Custer's Last Stand). He convincingly argues that the twin keys to North America are the St. Lawrence/Lake Champlain/Hudson River corridor and the extended Mississippi watershed (of course, these are connected through portages/canals). Of course, such a dry description does not do justice to Keegan's fine writing style that brings alive the geography, the society, and the battles themselves.
And yet.... All the fine analysis is for naught. Keegan does normally inject a certain amount of his personal opinion and direct observation of battlefields and locations that he's personally visited. However, in this book, it is taken to an extreme. The first 65 (!) pages are a meandering, self-indulgent account of vacations he's taken in the U.S. and Canada, ostensibly to describe the geography, but redundently because he rehashes it all in the chapters dealing with the specific wars. Worse still, it's dull. The next few chapters perk up considerably, especially that describing the Civil War. However, it's all ruined again by his unbelievable defense of the genocide commited by the U.S. (and Britain/Canada, for that matter, but he focusses on the U.S. in this book) on their native populations. He seems to justify his stance by calling the Natives "selfish" for wanting to maintain their way of life and low population density. My jaw dropped in disbelief when I read it! That's like justifying Hitler's invasion of Poland (and his attempted genocide of its people) because Germany needed "liebensraum."
So, unfortunately, I cannot endorse this book, in spite of its many good points. Pick up Keegan's Face of Battle or Mask of Command for examples of his penetrating insight. Steer clear of this one (not difficult since it's currently out of print).
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