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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.
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 6 days 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 11 days 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 4 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 7 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 9 months ago by David Cruickshank
The author of this book writes in an odd manner, making it difficult to stay interested even though there are plenty of interesting facts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
When he died recently I read this an a tribute. Far more readable than his book on World War 1. Recommended.Published 12 months ago by Gregory M. Sparzo
John Keegan has turned his analytical mind to most of the large conflicts, either as part of a whole (like his WWII and WWI books) or battle-by-battle (in the Face of Battle, Mask... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Craig MACKINNON
When I saw that the eminent British historian, John Keegan, had published a book on the American Civil War, I just had to see it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson