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June 6th, 2021, 15:32
The Face of Battle - John Keegan

Basically a military history of 3 legendary battles - Agincourt, Waterloo, and Somme, with an opening couple chapters of navel-gazing. I was a bit put off, as the opening of the book is a downright exhausting analysis of "what is a battle?", "what is a soldier?", "what is military history?", and his own clarification that he's never been in a battle (over and over again).

But once it finally lurches forward into the analysis of the 3 battles, this analytical style shines. He breaks down the armies involved, and everything subsequently happens to them, and it's pretty compelling stuff.
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