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Battle At Sea: From Man-of-War to Submarine [Paperback]

John Keegan
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3 Jun 2004
In Battle at Sea, Sir John Keegan applies to maritime warfare the technique that he put to such brilliant effect in his classic of war on land, The Face of Battle. He concentrates on four key conflicts: Trafalgar, Jutland, Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic. He takes us into the very heart of the fighting while providing a remarkable panoramic view of naval warfare through the centuries.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (3 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844137376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844137374
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rich in unexpected facts and insights...Keegan's historical command is dazzling" (Jan Morris Independent)

"A masterly study" (Daily Mail)

"Among Britain's distinguished group of military historians... John Keegan is outstanding" (Michael Howard London Review of Books)

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Britain's foremost military historian, Sir John Keegan, brilliantly examines the realities of war at sea.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good 23 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
I really enjoy the well-researched insights that Keegan brings to life in his books. Battle at Sea deals with the development of naval warfare from the wooden battleships of the gunpowder age to the nuclear subs of the present. Keegan shows how war at sea has evolved in the last few centuries and gives his assessment (or, let's be honest - qualified guess) of how naval warfare will evolve in the near future.
The book is well-written - though the copy I received had a remarkable amount of spelling-mistakes; poor proof-reading? - and it offers a very clear picture of the times it portrays. The battles seem clear and straight-forward even-though massive amounts of ships, sailors, planes and submarines are involved in them - overwhelmingly confusing to the participants, no doubt, but clear to the reader, thanks to Keegan's guiding hand.
This book, however, doesn't quite reach the level of brilliance that Keegan shows in Face of Battle, Mask of Command and in his two epic volumes about the First and Second World Wars; leaving this a very good book, but not a masterpiece.
In spite of this, it is still highly recommendable to anyone who has an interest in naval warfare or in military history in general.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and accessible 9 Mar 2000
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I read this book under the title "The Price of Admiralty"; it appears to be the same work. An excellent description of naval warfare, with thoughtful analysis and detailed scholarship. It covers both the four featured battles/engagements and the larger context in which they occurred. Easy to read, clear, and entertaining, without being too simplified or sensationalized. Strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 29 April 2014
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Lent to me by a friend initially I bought another copy. Well written and a good read - even though the author is more of a pongo! Particularly good about Trafalgar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keegan Knows his stuff 29 Jan 2014
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I have yet to find anything by John Keegan to be uninteresting. He has a narrative style that is more accessible than some historians and is easy to read. The subject of warfare at sea may not appeal to everyone, but I enjoy the genre and this book gives an insight into what it was like to fight ships and submarines throughout the centuries. Well researched and documented, you may find yourself looking up the primary sources for more detailed coverage of certain events of your own personal interest.
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