A fascinating and highly readable study of this most topical of subjects by the most distinguished contemporary writer of military history.
'No war can be conducted successfully without early and good intelligence,' wrote Marlborough, and from the earliest times commanders have sought knowledge of the enemy, his strengths and weaknesses, his dispositions and intentions. But how much effect, in the 'real time' of a battle or a campaign, can this knowledge have? In this magisterial new study, which will fascinate readers of both military and more general history, the author of A History of Warfare goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about intelligence in war. From the Napoleonic Wars to the sophisticated electronic warfare of the twenty-first century, John Keegan finds linking themes which lead to a compelling conclusion. His narrative sweep is enthralling, whether portraying the dilemmas of Nelson seeking Napoleon's fleet, Stonewall Jackson in the American Civil War, Bletchley as it seeks to crack Ultra during the Battle of the Atlantic, the realities of the secret war in the Falklands or the polymorphous intelligence issues of the contemporary fight against terrorism.
“Authoritative and stimulating.”
“This stimulating and informed book...has no contemporary equal. Keegan has done it again.”
“Intelligence in War combines the lucid prose, perceptive judgements and narrative power that Keegan's readers have come to expect.”
Christopher Andrew, The Times
“This excellent and highly readable book is vintage Keegan.”
Alistair Horne, Literary Review
“A fascinating book on a fascinating subject, written by a master of the craft.”
Raymond Carr, Spectator