• Le récit et l'analyse magistrale de la première guerre moderne, par le plus grand historien de la guerre de notre temps.La guerre de Sécession (1861-1865), la plus coûteuse en vies humaines et en pertes matérielles de toute l'histoire des États-Unis, marqua le passage de l'ère napoléonienne du combat à la " guerre totale ". Pour raconter ce conflit sans précédent, il fallait un historien d'envergure internationale. Dans la lignée de ses synthèses renommées sur les deux guerres mondiales, John Keegan retrace les grandes batailles (Bull Run, Gettysburg) et le duel des généraux (Lee contre Grant) tout en donnant une large part aux enjeux stratégiques, à l'analyse psychologique et à certains aspects trop souvent négligés comme l'approvisionnement, la géographie militaire ou le rôle des Noirs dans le conflit. Ce grand livre, déjà considéré comme un classique, permet ainsi de comprendre comment la déchirure de deux peuples fonda une nation.

  • Comment et pourquoi, de la préhistoire à nos jours, les hommes se sont fait la guerre.La guerre est-elle intrinsèquement liée à la culture humaine ? La réponse de John Keegan est sans appel : toutes les civilisations doivent leurs origines à la guerre. Et si l'on peut distinguer plusieurs traditions guerrières (orientale, musulmane et occidentale), il n'existe en dernière analyse plus qu'une seule culture militaire. Au rang des classiques sitôt parue, cette Histoire de la guerre en dresse l'évolution et les mutations, du néolithique à la fin du XXe siècle, à travers quatre grands thèmes qui sont autant d'âges : le temps de la pierre, de la chair, du fer et enfin du feu.
    " La force du travail de Keegan vient du fait qu'il ne se voit pas comme le simple chroniqueur de batailles, mais comme un historien qui étudie la condition humaine. "
    Max Hastings

  • L'importance de cette histoire, à la fois chronologique et thématique, réside certes dans la narration des faits de guerre, mais plus encore dans la manière dont John Keegan -historien britannique de grande notoriété- explique la préparation et l'évolution du conflit à différents niveaux: gouvernements, états-majors, combattants...Chaque phase de la guerre est éclairée par une vue d'ensemble de la stratégie globale des Alliés et de l'Axe, puis par une analyse détaillée des dilemmes tactiques auxquels sont confrontés les belligérants, complétée par un examen approfondi de leur caractère et de leurs motivations. L'auteur s'attache aux opérations caractéristiques des nouvelles formes de guerre propres à 1939-1945: raids des divisions blindées, bombardements, opérations aéroportées ou aéronavales...Il évoque simultanément les répressions, les résistances, la saignée monstrueuse et le bouleversement de la carte du monde. Cette synthèse publiée pour la première fois en septembre 1989 a été saluée à Londres comme un ouvrage de référence majeur sur la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.Maître de conférence à l'université de Sandhurst pendant plusieurs années, John Keegan est actuellement correspondant de la Défense au Daily Telegraph. Il a écrit de nombreux livres renommés dont L'Art du commandement (Perrin) et La Première Guerre mondiale (tempus). Il est membre de la Royal Society of Literature.

  • Sa vision de l'Angleterre et de son histoire, l'éloquence incomparable de ses discours, sa pugnacité exemplaire ont permis à Winston Churchill d'élever toute une nation à la grandeur par des sacrifices sans précédent. Dans cette biographie de référence, le grand historien John Keegan brosse en deux cents pages lumineuses le portrait d'un des plus grands hommes politiques du XXe siècle, depuis ses exploits militaires de jeunesse sur la scène internationale (Indes, Égypte, Afrique du Sud) jusqu'à son rôle incontesté de grand stratège de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Une plongée captivante dans la vie d'un homme exceptionnel.

  • Avec Keegan, la bataille perd son ordonnancement de livre d'histoire pour peser son poids de sang et de volonté. Un livre fondateur devenu un classique servi par une nouvelle traduction. Loin, comme ses prédécesseurs, de décrire la bataille telle qu'elle est jugée d'en haut, à la manière de l'état-major, Keegan, certainement le plus grand historien de la guerre au monde, la restitue par le bas, telle qu'elle est vécue par les soldats.
    Ici, trois batailles sont décortiquées, Azincourt (1415), Waterloo (1815), La Somme (1916). Elles permettent de comprendre comment la guerre est perçue et vécue par la troupe, que l'on doive résister à une pluie de flèches, tenir face à une charge de cavalerie ou vivre le cauchemar d'un pilonnage d'artillerie.
    Si, aujourd'hui, aucun historien ne songerait à penser la guerre uniquement d'un point de vue stratégique et non avant tout comme une phénomène humain, c'est grâce à ce livre pionnier et incontournable. La nouvelle traduction lui rend toute sa puissance.

  • The American Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest of modern wars. It is also one of the most mysterious. It has captured the imagination of writers, artists and film-makers for decades but the reality of it confuses and divides historians even today. In this magisterial history of the first modern war, the distinguished military historian John Keegan unpicks the geography, leadership and strategic logic of the war and takes us to the heart of the conflict. His captivating work promises to be the definitive history of the American Civil War.

  • Anglais The Iraq War

    John Keegan

    The Iraq War remains highly controversial, but in all the uncertainty about weapons of mass destruction, the use and misuse of intelligence, it remains an awesome military and political event and a formidable exercise in American power aided by the British army. Throughout the war and beyond it, John Keegan's analysis proved more accurate than any other commentator's, and now he brings his unrivalled knowledge of military history to bear on the war, its conduct and consequences. Written with special access to new sources of information, this book is the most authoritative and challenging account of a war which could both set the pattern for military conflicts in the 21st century and significantly affect the world political order.

  • In this comprehensive history, John Keegan explores both the technical and the human impact of the greatest war of all time. He focuses on five crucial battles and offers new insights into the distinctive methods and motivations of modern warfare. In knowledgable, perceptive analysis of the airborne battle of Crete, the carrier battle of Midway, the tank battle of Falaise, the city battle of Berlin, and the amphibious battle of Okinawa, Keegan illuminates the strategic dilemmas faced by the leaders and the consequences of their decisions on the fighting men and the course of the war as a whole.

  • John Keegan's new book applies to maritime warfare the technique he put to such dazzling effect in his classic of war on land, The Face of Battle. His analysis concentrates on four key battles - Trafalgar, Jutland, Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic.The result not only illustrates the development of naval warfare through the sailing warship, the battleship, the aircraft carrier and the submarine, thereby giving a panoramic view, but takes the reader into the heart of the fighting, reminding us that the price of battle, whether on sea or land, is measuring in men's lives.

  • The Allied assault on Normandy beaches was an almost flawless success, but it was to take three months of bitter fighting before the German defence of Normandy finally collapsed and Paris was liberated. In this masterly and highly individual account of that struggle, the reader is subjected to the gruelling ordeals confronted by the combatants - each encounter related from the point of view of a different nationality. While transcending conventional military history, it provides an intensely vivid picture of one of the Second World War's most crucial campaigns.

  • The definitive history of warfare told by Britain's foremost military historian.John Keegan's masterpiece is a work of breath-taking scope that not only chronicles the history of warfare, but unearths lessons on the nature of humanity. Stretching across centuries and continents, from the Empire of Babylon to the Somme, A History of Warfare studies civilisations, psychology, archaeology, genetics, history and strategy with an expert's eye. John Keegan's unmissable and epic journey through military history has been widely acclaimed and remains vital reading today.

  • Although 50 years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbour? Could the Allies have invaded France before 1944? Might bombing the Auschwitz railway have impeded the course of the Holocaust? John Keegan here assesses the literature that has emerged from World War II - and the controversies it has generated - in a book that combines stunning erudition with crisp prose and highly personal discernment.

  • The acclaimed author of The Face of Battle examines centures of conflict in a variety of diverse societies and cultures. "Keegan is at once the most readable and the most original of living military historians . . . A History of Warfare is perhaps the most remarkable study of warfare that has yet been written."--The New York Times Book Review.

  • Anglais Battle At Sea

    John Keegan

    In Battle at Sea, Sir John Keegan applies to maritime warfare the technique that he put to such brilliant effect in his classic of war on land, The Face of Battle. He concentrates on four key conflicts: Trafalgar, Jutland, Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic. He takes us into the very heart of the fighting while providing a remarkable panoramic view of naval warfare through the centuries.

  • The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: an imperishable account of the direct experience of individuals at 'the point of maximum danger'. It examines the physical conditions of fighting, the particular emotions and behaviour generated by battle, as well as the motives that impel soldiers to stand and fight rather than run away. In this stunningly vivid reassessment of three battles, John Keegan conveys their reality for the participants, whether facing the arrow cloud of Agincourt, the levelled muskets of Waterloo or the steel rain of the Somme.

  • The Mask of Command is about generals: who they are, what they do and how they affect the world we live in. Through portraits of four generals - archetypal hero Alexander the Great, anti-hero Wellington, the unheroic Ulysses S. Grant and the false heroic of Hitler - John Keegan propounds the view of heroism in warfare as inextricable linked with the political imperative of the age and place. He demonstrates how the role of the general alters with the ethos of the society that creates him and concludes that there is no place for heroism in a nuclear world. The Mask of Command is a companion volume to John Keegan's classic study of the individual soldier, The Face of Battle: together they form a masterpiece of military and human history.

  • From the earliest times, commanders have sought knowledge of the enemy, his strengths and weaknesses, his dispositions and intentions. But how much effect, in the 'real time' of a battle or a campaign, can this knowledge have? In this magisterial new study, the author of A History of Warfare goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about intelligence in war. Keegan's narrative sweep is enthralling, whether portraying the dilemmas of Nelson seeking Napoleon's fleet, Stonewall Jackson in the American Civil War, Bletchley as it seeks to crack Ultra during the Battle of the Atlantic, the realities of the secret war in the Falklands or the numerous intelligence issues in the contemporary fight against terrorism.

  • From the dean of modern military historians, John Keegan: a key selection from his masterpiece, The First World War. The road to World War I, from the death of the archduke to the first salvos of battle, an incredibly thorough and straightforward account of how a supposedly rational liberal Europe became engulfed by war.
    Everyone remembers the powder keg, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife by Serbian national Gavrilo Princip; but what about the fact that a full month elapsed between Princip’s deed and the actual beginning of war? Or that the German Kaiser spent much of that time on his imperial yacht Hohenzollern, on his annual cruise in the Norwegian fjords? John Keegan explains in careful and fascinating detail how exactly the war began, taking the reader through this fateful and exciting month of diplomatic back and forth, last-minute near-saves, and ultimate failure.
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  • Pour la première fois, les trois textes fondateurs du plus illustre historien de la guerre, John Keegan, sont rassemblés.L'Art du commandement, Histoire de la guerre et Anatomie de la bataille : trois textes fondateurs devenus des classiques incontournables pour tous ceux qui veulent comprendre les questions que pose la guerre, quelle que soit sa forme. Rassemblée pour la première fois en un seul volume et servie par des traductions révisées, l'oeuvre de Keegan peut ainsi se lire dans toute sa cohérence, comme le souligne Arnaud Blin dans sa substantielle présentation. Avec Anatomie de la bataille, en rupture avec ses prédécesseurs, le grand historien ne décrit plus la bataille telle qu'elle est jugée d'en haut, à la manière de l'état-major, mais la restitue par le bas, telle qu'elle est vécue par les soldats. Dans L'Art du commandement, Keegan montre qu'Alexandre, Wellington, Grant et Hitler incarnent quatre grandes familles de commandement militaire, qui illustrent autant d'âges successifs des conflits. Enfin, l'Histoire de la guerre - tout en offrant une narration chronologique exemplaire - pose une question fondamentale : la guerre est-elle intrinsèquement liée à la culture humaine ? À son terme, cette trilogie essentielle nous permet de comprendre pourquoi et comment les hommes se sont fait la guerre - et peut-être aussi pourquoi ils continuent de la faire.

  • The First World War created the modern world.It destroyed a century of relative peace and prosperity and saw a continent at the height of its success descend into slaughter.It unleashed both the demons of the twentieth century - political hatred, military destruction and mass death - and the ideas which continue to shape our world today: mdoernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medecine, and radical ideas about economics and society.John Keegan's definitive account unforgettably portrays the unfolding military conflict on land, sea and in the air. But at its heart, too, is the terrible cost of this conflict's ferocity - the loss which remains personal and individual despite its unparalleled scale.

  • Anglais Winston Churchill

    Keegan John

    One of the greatest historians writing today gives us a defining portrait of the incomparable Winston Churchill
    In his landmark biography of Winston Churchill, acclaimed historian John Keegan offers a very human portrait of one of the twentieth century's enduring symbols of heroic defiance. From Churchill's youth as a poor student to his leadership during World War II, Keegan reveals a man whose own idea of an English past--eloquently embodied in his speeches--allowed him to exhort a nation to unprecedented levels of sacrifice. The result is a uniquely discerning look at one of the most fascinating personalities in history.
    “The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy

  • Anglais The Book of War

    Keegan John

    Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s anthology of war writing from 25 centuries of battle
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    In The Book of War, John Keegan marshals a formidable host of war writings to chronicle the evolution of Western warfare through the voice of the most eloquent participants--from Thucydides’ classic account of ancient Greek phalanx warfare to a blow-by-blow description of ground fighting against the Iraqi troops in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Keegan gathers more than eighty selections, including Caesar’s Commentaries on the Roman invasion of Britain; the French Knight Jehan de Wavrin at the battle of Agincourt; Davy Crockett in the war against the Creek; Wellington’s dispatch on Waterloo; Hemingway after Caporetto; and Ernie Pyle at Normandy.
    “The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy
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    “A monumental piece of literary military history.” –Chicago Tribune
    A brilliantly edited and comprehensive anthology."--The New York Times Book Review.

  • Anglais The Face of Battle

    Keegan John

    Military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfare
    The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.
    “The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy

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