- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 19 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: August 12, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000AWGX5O
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A History of Warfare Audiobook – Unabridged
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The approach has the downside of not offering a truly comprehensive history - for example, of all the post-ancient African civilizations, the book covers the Zulus of Shaka only. However, it succeeds in demonstrating well the author's thesis that war is the natural extension of human culture. I wish however that Keegan had focused more on developing this thesis rather than on frequently attacking von Clausewitz (~war as the extension of politics), which got a bit tiring toward the end.
What makes this book great is not it's theme which is in fact rather dull. It is the exploration of the many means of different cultures for making war. It is an encyclopedic exploration of war as it relates to different human cultures including the most obscure and it's descriptions are fascinating. The things we learn about humanity are amazing. The argument against Clausewitz unimportant.
This is why I in fact consider this book worth five stars. Not because of it's "Clausewitz was wrong" theme which was rather boring and ill-argued anyway. It is because of what we learn about warriors all around the world and the author would have been better concentrating on that. Keegan is like a lawyer whose plea is fascinating but whose client is absolutely dull. For this reason I have wanted this book on Kindle for ages and it is indeed worth what I paid.
However, it doesn't fully address the crucial subject of why human beings are so prone and ready to go to war.
That is, it should include chapters analizing human violence as a consequence and result of authority and, moreover, power, not from an individual but basically from a collective point of view.
In this respect, it lacks a sociological approach to warfare as a human experience.
Its reading is easy althoughsolid and, many times, you enjoy it fully.
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