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I can't recommend the book even for serious Civil War buffs as, at best, there's nothing new here.
At one notable point, I was puzzled (but, because it was well into the book, not surprised) to read a revised version of the sentence I had just finished reading.
Unfortunately there are problems with the book, mostly relating to factual errors and to poor editing.
This may have been one of his most controversial books were we to judge by the diversity of reviews.
It was Keegan with all his scholarship. Read more
Bought it for my history class. It was a good read, and very helpful with my assignments.Published 15 days ago by Patricia Christie
As always, Keegan writes an insightful book on this conflict. For those who like his style and histories, this will fit nicely on the shelf with his other books.Published 26 days ago by Dan
As a Southerner and a historian I thought it would be interesting to get an English perspective on The Sectional War. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Hyatt
John Keegan is one of the best war historians and this is a very good book. Even if you have read a good bit about the civil war he has something to offer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric J. Cassell
Of all the Civil War books i have read, this has the best balance of high level overview with appropriate detail. I especially recommend it as a first approach to the War.Published 1 month ago by Robert Jackson
Good read. Contains factual errors. Maps hard to follow. Not well organized. First 6 or 7 chaps and last 6 or 7 chaps very good. Some conclusions not supported. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I will confess at the outset that I have never been a fan of John Keegan and don't understand his enviable reputation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mad Dog
Great military historian.Unique comparisons to battles and strategy prior ,e.g. Napoleonic wars and WW1 after.His choices of the best generals might surprise you.Published 10 months ago by David Cruickshank