Thursday, August 02, 2012

John Keegan

Historian John Keegan has passed away. He was the first historian that I noticed getting a wide reading while I was in the Army and National Guard, I recall, for example, my First Sergeant reading The Mask of Command while we were doing tank gunnery. I've enjoyed all of his books, but most especially that title, The Face of Battle and Six Armies in Normandy (probably the first book I read about D-Day beyond my childhood favorite, The Longest Day). He made history interesting for me again, especially military history, after college when I was less interested in non-fiction than I had been before college.

Thank you, John.

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