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The American Civil War - A Military History

John Keegan

For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name. Now Keegan examines these and other puzzles with a peerless understanding of warfare, uncovering dimensions of the conflict that have eluded earlier historiography. While offering original and perceptive insights into psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics, Keegan reveals the war's hidden shape-a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and, above all, geography, the Rosetta Stone of his legendary decipherments of all great battles. The American topography, Keegan argues, presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since. Out of a succession of mythic but chaotic engagements, he weaves an irresistible narrative illuminated with comparisons to the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and other conflicts. The American Civil War is sure to be hailed as a definitive account of its eternally fascinating subject. From the Hardcover edition.

For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name. Now Keegan examines these and other puzzles with a peerless understanding of warfare, uncovering dimensions of the conflict that have eluded earlier historiography. While offering original and perceptive insights into psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics, Keegan reveals the war's hidden shape-a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and, above all, geography, the Rosetta Stone of his legendary decipherments of all great battles. The American topography, Keegan argues, presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since. Out of a succession of mythic but chaotic engagements, he weaves an irresistible narrative illuminated with comparisons to the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and other conflicts. The American Civil War is sure to be hailed as a definitive account of its eternally fascinating subject. From the Hardcover edition.
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History

Description:

For the past half century, John Keegan, the greatest military historian of our time, has been returning to the scenes of America's most bloody and wrenching war to ponder its lingering conundrums: the continuation of fighting for four years between such vastly mismatched sides; the dogged persistence of ill-trained, ill-equipped, and often malnourished combatants; the effective absence of decisive battles among some two to three hundred known to us by name. Now Keegan examines these and other puzzles with a peerless understanding of warfare, uncovering dimensions of the conflict that have eluded earlier historiography. While offering original and perceptive insights into psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics, Keegan reveals the war's hidden shape-a consequence of leadership, the evolution of strategic logic, and, above all, geography, the Rosetta Stone of his legendary decipherments of all great battles. The American topography, Keegan argues, presented a battle space of complexity and challenges virtually unmatched before or since. Out of a succession of mythic but chaotic engagements, he weaves an irresistible narrative illuminated with comparisons to the Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and other conflicts. The American Civil War is sure to be hailed as a definitive account of its eternally fascinating subject. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robin Sachs

Length:

10h 25m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:09


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:08


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:09


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:35


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:38


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:24


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:12


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:56


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:21


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:31


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:30


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:14


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:45


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:05


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:16


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:49


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:25


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:23


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:45


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:04


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:05


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:26


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:06


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:14


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:25


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:35


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:51


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:37


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:32