A wide-ranging series of essays on military leaders, ancient and modern, whose actions and personalities provide insights into the interplay of time, circumstance, and individual character and ability that makes for success or failure. The authors cover "some masters of the art" including Sulla, Saxe, Thomas, Huebner etc, "masters of mobile warfare" such as Iberville, Crook, Wolseley, Hart, Montgomery, Patton, and experts in "coalition warfare" such as Rochambeau, Eisenhower. This book provides a study of the historical fields of battle, intended to appeal to the military professional or student of military history.
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(210mm x 137mm x 23mm)
Da Capo Press Inc
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An anthology of Army Magazine puffs of various more or less unappealing and intellectually deficient commanders. Though the Roman general Sulla is included, the emphasis is on straight-talking, quick-thinking, tough-as-hell Americans. There was World War I platoon leader Woodfill, for example, whose predilection for daredevil action got him rehired by the Army to tell and retell his exploits to recruits; Lieutenant Robert C. Kingston, known as "the Chink-killer"; maverick Charley Stone, who commanded the National Guard during the Detroit riots; and twenty more you wouldn't want your son to emulate. Actual military science is sloughed off with short-cut judgments that Eisenhower, for example, drew criticism from the jealous. However, the "best-loved-officer" roll call is spiked by the inclusion of one North African major general who seems to have been hopelessly manic-depressive and managed to do everything wrong. The real fault of the book is its own disdain for the serious dimension of its subject. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Martin Blumenson
Martin Blumenson is the author of a dozen books on military subjects. James L. Stokesbury is professor of history at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.