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Fields of Battle: The Wars for North America Hardcover – May 7, 1996
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Obviously whole books or series of books can and have been dedicated to these particular topics so the reader should be prepared for just a light overview of each of the wars. Keegan takes the reader into one particular point or battle within each war after giving the reader a very good brief on why the war is taking place, the parties involved and then the outcome. He does a very good job here with this overview.
Overall the book is easy to read and interesting. The beginning chapter will make you happy just reading it and the good feelings will remain with you through out the book. This book is much lighter and less detailed then many of his other works so it does serve as a good introduction to the author.
To be fair, this book is replete with personal observations and many generalizations. Here are a few examples: "George Custer was not a nice man" and "Peace is bad for bravados like Custer." From the perspective of an outsider looking in, he states,"The Americans are truly free and equal people," and "the British can feel quite at home in Canada." These simplifications may be detrimental to the quality of the work, but as another observed, it is more difficult to analyze your history when you are immersed in it. It may be more revealing for a foreigner to expound on it, to uncover new interpretation. If nothing else, he is honest. He proudly proclaims his love for America- no phony objectivity here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Refreshing view, from a European perspective of the Wars for North America. I was especially intrigued by his treatment of the French experience in Canada, indeed in the heartland... Read morePublished 5 months ago by bigdiesel
I am fascinated by this book. It reveals the US through British eyes. I am half–Canadian and half-American and know myself better thanks to John Keegan.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
For any one who is a Civil War buff, interested in The Revolution or the creation of America this is an awesome read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CMA
That's not the most professional review title, but it couldn't be more appropriate. This book is both uninformative and un-entertaining. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Fred Bennett
Vintage Keegan. Like good wine, it mellows with age. Thoroughly researched, with tit-bits unknown to previous authors. Very readable. Highly recommended to WWII buffs. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Julian Y. Barrolaza
A great book for anyone who enjoys reading about historical perspectives and interpretations, but not too much on the tactics. Read morePublished on February 16, 2012 by Bryan J. Cohen
John Keegan's analysis of North American topography and its influence on the explorations and military campaigns that shaped our early history is essential reading for students of... Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by R. Doyle Gillespie
Very interesting book, I enjoyed the autobiographical sections as much as the history, and enjoyed an outsider's view of the U.S.Published on April 25, 2010 by Thomas M. Damore
I've read 3 other books written by Keegan and like them a lot. This one was, in my opinion, one of the worst represented books I've purchased. Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by Wittmann's Revenge