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Book Title: Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda|
The author of the book: John Keegan
Date of issue: October 28th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780375400537
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 865 KB
Read full description of the books Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda:Like most of John Keegan's books, this is not necessarily an easy read. Keegan's prose is often difficult for American readers, but I find that after about 100 pages it gets easier.
This book is not intended to be a comprehensive history of the application of intelligence in modern warfare. Instead, much like Keegan's much better "Mask of Command," he provides a series of vignettes detailing some of the greatest moments in the use and application of military intelligence, loosely tied together in a larger theme.
Overall, I am generally a fan of John Keegan. I thought that "Mask of Command" and "Face of Battle" were excellent, well researched, well written, and insightful. They clearly show Keegan's brilliance as a military historian. "Intelligence in War" falls far short of that standard. In my mind, the book seems rushed, cursory, and rather lacking Keegan's usual insight.
I guess that it could serve as a decent survey of the evolution of military intelligence in modern war, but it is clearly not Keegan's best work. Personally, I was disappointed.
Read information about the authorSir John Desmond Patrick Keegan, OBE, FRSL was a British military historian, lecturer and journalist. He published many works on the nature of combat between the 14th and 21st centuries concerning land, air, maritime and intelligence warfare as well as the psychology of battle.
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