Monday, August 06, 2012
John Keegan, RIP
The New York Times reported his death yesterday. As the Times obituary states he was widely regarded as "the pre-eminent military historian of his era" and authored more than 20 books. An Englishman, he taught at Sandhurst and was the military affairs editor of The Telegraph for many years. His later books sometimes took a critical beating, partly because he was opinionated, partly because some didn't like his approach to popular history, and partly because he wasn't always politically correct. In any case, anyone insterested at all in military history should read his book The Face of Battle which is indispensable.