Intelligence in War

Intelligence in War

Knowledge of the Enemy From Napoleon to Al-Qaeda

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In fiction, the spy is a glamorous figure whose secrets make or break peace, but, historically, has intelligence really been a vital step to military victories? In this breakthrough study, the preeminent war historian John Keegan goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about military intelligence.

In his characteristically wry and perceptive prose, Keegan offers us nothing short of a new history of war through the prism of intelligence. He brings to life the split-second decisions that went into waging war before the benefit of aerial surveillance and electronic communications. The English admiral Horatio Nelson was hot on the heels of Napoleon’s fleet in the Mediterranean and never knew it, while Stonewall Jackson was able to compensate for the Confederacy’s disadvantage in firearms and manpower with detailed maps of the Appalachians. In the past century, espionage and decryption have changed the face of battle: the Japanese surprise attack at the Battle of the Midway was thwarted by an early warning. Timely information, however, is only the beginning of the surprising and disturbing aspects of decisions that are made in war, where brute force is often more critical.

Intelligence in War is a thought-provoking work that ranks among John Keegan’s finest achievements.

Baker & Taylor
A study on the influence of intelligence on war operations examines a series of historical wartime events to delineate the strategies and outcomes of each while linking the function of their intelligence operations, refuting perceptions that intelligence superiority is a key to war success. 125,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Examines historical wartime events to delineate their strategies and outcomes while linking the function of their intelligence operations, refuting perceptions that intelligence superiority is a key to war success.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375400537
Branch Call Number: 355.3432 KEE
Characteristics: xx, 387 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 08, 2016

This book is, in my opinion excessively wordy. Points that could be made in a paragraph or two goes on for pages & pages - Nelson's search for Napoleon's fleet in the Mediterranean is one of many examples. The book's title is Intelligence in War, so the minutia of every event - weather conditions, coal supplies etc. etc. are dwelt upon far too long after the point is made, if any, in my opinion.


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