Review: THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by John Keegan

2606 Books and counting… read and reviewed The American Civil War by John Keegan for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

Where Keegan is excellent is in the insights he brings to the war.  He is able to use the breadth of his historical knowledge to draw comparisons with other conflicts ranging from the Napoleonic Wars through to Vietnam.  He also emphasises the degree to which the war was dictated by the physical geography of the theatre of war.  Not only did this drive the strategy of both sides but it also impacted upon individual tactics and was a key factor in the number of casualties.  Keegan highlights Grant’s ability to deal with the topography of the battleground as one of his leading qualities.

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