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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
What's it like to be in battle? Many of those of us who haven't actually been in battle must have wondered now and then. After all, war and battle seem to be a permanent part of the human condition, and evidence of past battles surround us on all sides.

We may never truly know (except if you're willing to join one, I beg to be excused) but reading this book...
Published on 17 Sept. 2007 by Didier

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2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed by awful grammar
Whilst undoubtedly this book has a lot of useful information I found the written style to be awful. The sentences were far too long and convoluted to the point where it was hard work to read, hard work to grasp the intended meaning.
Published on 11 Sept. 2011 by Mr. M. Kostyrka


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Face Of Battle, 2 May 2013
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An excellent well researched book which deals mostly with the human experience of war and its totality on those that fought.
The book deals primarily with 3 battles Agincourt, Waterloo, and The Somme.
What I found fascinating was the examinations of why armies and individuals take up arms, go to war, fight or in many cases not fight.
Although the Author could do with adding the more modern military references of the Falklands, Gulf wars and Afghanistan to its body of work. As a book of its time (written pre Glastnost) it still should be essential reading for the serious and amatuer military historian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting study, 23 Feb. 2013
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I think all history students should read this book! It is very interesting and engaging, providing detail and information without going too far!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any military history fan, 31 Jan. 2013
The first chapter is a bit heavy going but once the battle analysis begins this book is a fascinating listen. The sounds, sights and emotions for the participants of battle are brought alive. The language is a little self indulgent but I quite like that as it gives the descriptions a certain poetry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Keegan, 22 Jan. 2013
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To read and understand this book the reader should have a deep interest in military history. It gives a new perspective to actual events but at times can be quite heavy goiong
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly interesting., 22 Jun. 2014
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This is a very interesting and engaging book with a lot of valuable ideas and insights. The study of history can often be very dry and clinical, and the author manages to bring focus to the ordinary people who were involved in three critical engagements.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 2 Sept. 2013
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Mr. Iain Watson (Cambridge, UK) - See all my reviews
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Excellent service.
Book very informative, though these days there are many more competitors for this type of reading market.
Outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service. Quality of book in line with what ..., 12 Dec. 2014
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Excellent service. Quality of book in line with what was avertised. Delivered on time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 July 2014
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Brilliant book as is normal with John Keegan
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding study, 22 Nov. 2001
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His comparisions were marvellous. This was the book that transformed my understanding of the war. His description of wounds and the chances of recovery was expounded with such care and precision that one really understood what was happening.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading for A level, 22 Dec. 2006
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At one level full of fascinating detail e.g., on the benefits of riding your good horse at Waterloo and not your old nag in case it is shot from under you - at another level it provides a deep insight into the male human condition. Should be read by women as well as men.
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