A History of Warfare by John Keegan audiobook

A History of Warfare

By John Keegan
Read by Frederick Davidson

Blackstone Publishing
19.27 Hours Unabridged
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In this encyclopedically learned and immensely gripping book, one of our foremost military historians demolishes the famous dictum that war is the continuation of policy by other means. Beginning with the premise that all civilizations owe their origins to warmaking, Keegan probes the meanings, motivations, and methods underlying war in different societies over the course of more than two thousand years. Following the progress of human aggression in its full historical sweep—from the strangely ritualistic combat of Stone Age peoples to the warfare of mass destruction in the present age—his illuminating and lively narrative gives us all the world's great warrior cultures, including the Zulus, the samurai, and the horse peoples of the steppe, as well as the famed warmakers of the West. He shows why honor has always been accorded to the soldierly virtues, whatever the cultural context, and how war has maintained its singular hold on the imagination, reaching into "the most secret places of the human heart, where self dissolves rational purpose, where pride reigns, where emotion is paramount, where instinct is king." Keegan's analysis of centuries of conflict unveils the deepest motives behind humanity's penchant for mass bloodshed. A History of Warfareis a masterpiece of military scholarship, irresistible in its style and terrifying in its implications.

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In this encyclopedically learned and immensely gripping book, one of our foremost military historians demolishes the famous dictum that war is the continuation of policy by other means. Beginning with the premise that all civilizations owe their origins to warmaking, Keegan probes the meanings, motivations, and methods underlying war in different societies over the course of more than two thousand years. Following the progress of human aggression in its full historical sweep—from the strangely ritualistic combat of Stone Age peoples to the warfare of mass destruction in the present age—his illuminating and lively narrative gives us all the world's great warrior cultures, including the Zulus, the samurai, and the horse peoples of the steppe, as well as the famed warmakers of the West. He shows why honor has always been accorded to the soldierly virtues, whatever the cultural context, and how war has maintained its singular hold on the imagination, reaching into "the most secret places of the human heart, where self dissolves rational purpose, where pride reigns, where emotion is paramount, where instinct is king." Keegan's analysis of centuries of conflict unveils the deepest motives behind humanity's penchant for mass bloodshed.

A History of Warfareis a masterpiece of military scholarship, irresistible in its style and terrifying in its implications.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A work of massive sweep…in which the resources of anthropology, ethnology, psychology, and history are drawn on in comprehensive but succinct synthesis to create what is perhaps the most remarkable study of warfare that has yet been written.” New York Times Book Review
“A masterpiece…This is one of those rare books which could still be required reading in its field a hundred years from now.” New Yorker
“In his sweeping new study, Keegan…offers a refreshingly original and challenging perspective…A masterwork.” Publishers Weekly
“Frederick Davidson’s reading is clear, well paced, and keeps the listener’s attention.” Library Journal
“War’s complementary attractiveness and repulsiveness summon legions of religious, rational, and anthropological justifications, and historian Keegan here audaciously attempts to unify them. He can fairly be named the foremost contemporary writer on the subject, and his sharp ideas and easeful prose have prepared a wide audience for this, certainly his magnum opus.” Booklist  

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Author Bio: John Keegan

Author Bio: John Keegan

John Keegan is the defense editor of the Daily Telegraph (London) and Britain’s foremost military historian. He is the author of many bestselling books, including The First World War, Intelligence in War, and The Battle for History. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 19.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English