Book Review: The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing


by John Keegan (editor)

New York: Penguin, 2000. Pp. xx, 492. Biblio., index. $17.00. ISBN:0-14-029655-7

An anthology of selections from first-hand accounts, fiction, memoirs, newspapers, and histories, sprinkled with an occasional poem, all relating to the subject of war. There are some great bits in here. Unfortunately, once the reader gets out of the first chapter, which covers everything through the French Revolution, almost all of the selections are by Anglo-American writers, though there is a sprinkling of Germans in the third chapter, on the twentieth century. Hemmingway did this better with his Men at War, particularly if you can find the original hardcover edition.
Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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