Saturday, March 25, 2006

Books on 20th century wars

There is a brief article by Victor Davis Hanson over at the Wall Street Journal op-ed page on "the definitive books on the battles of the 20th century." Hanson is the author of (most recently) A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War.

Click here to see the five books Hanson selects.

One selection is John Keegan's The Face of Battle, a fine book.

Friend of the Blog Kurt van der Walde once alerted me to the closing lines of the acknowledgements where Keegan reveals why he did not dedicate the book to his "wife Susanne: ...were the title and the subject of this book not so inappropriate, I would have dedicated it to her, for all she has done."

Smart man.

--Marshal Zeringue