"The Paths of the Dead", Chapter 18, (hardback) pages 192-193: It is true, the ability to make an informed guess is often over-used and mis-used by historians and pretended historians: It is well known, for example, that the military historian is at his best when giving the names of field officers who fell in battle, and at his worst when attempting to explain the reason for the general officer to have made a certain decision at a certain time. Webpage - http://www.dreamcafe.com/weblog.cgi Wed May 8th, 2002 7:30 PM: Brust's first law of history: Military historians are at their best when giving the names of field officers killed in battle, and at their worst when trying to assign motives for the decisions of general officers. Hrmmm. Indeed. And just recently noticed: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/113674_foged.shtml History tells us that in the life-and-death of war, officials and commanders usually conceal more than they reveal. Sometimes officials mislead the public to protect their forces; other times, to protect their own reputations. War strategies remain obscured until afterward, sometimes until historians dig through archives.