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Francis W. Porretto

Keegan's World War I books are excellent. So is "The Face of Battle."

Tom from Chicago

"Face of Battle" was his first book, published in the late '70s, early '80s. It is quite good, describing battlefield conditions over 4 different battles from ancient to modern. Another good one is "Mask of Command" in which he describes the command styles of several generals, again from ancient to modern.

My recommendation, however, would be to read his history of WWII first. It compiles much information from different sources and presents them graphically & statistically in ways I've not seen done before. Pay close attention to the Battle of the Atlantic, for instance.

Hope this helps.

Isaac Schrödinger

Thanks for the suggestions.

I'll start with Keegan's Face of Battle later this year. I have no doubt that his WWII book is excellent but I've read about WII in some detail recently. Churchill's six-volume work and Overy's Why The Allies Won, for example.

I'll put Keegan's WWII book on my To Read List for 2012.

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