B In Masters of Command, Barry Strauss compares the way the three greatest generals of the ancient world waged war and draws lessons from their experiences that apply on and off the battlefield.ALEXANDER, HANNIBAL, CAESAReach was a master of war Each had to look beyond the battlefield to decide whom to fight, when, and why to know what victory was and when to end the war to determine how to bring stability to the lands he conquered Each general had to be a battlefield tactician and a statesman, a strategist, a leader Tactics change, weapons change, but war itself remains much the same throughout the centuries, and a great warrior must know how to define success Understanding where each of these three great but flawed commanders succeeded and failed can serve anyone who wants to think strategically or who has to demonstrate leadership In Masters of Command Barry Strauss explains the qualities these great generals shared, the keys to their success, from ambition and judgment to leadership itself....
|Title||:||Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership|
|Publisher||:||Simon Reprint edition May 21, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||968 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership Reviews
Strategy, strategy and more strategy! That is what this book is all about.
This is a great introduction to three of the most important historical figures of the Classical Age. Since lack of historical knowledge is a plague upon the land in these latter days, Strauss does us a great service by providing a popular, concise history of these men. He compounds this service by drawing parallels and contrasts among them, making it easier to understand and remember each, and caps his effort by drawing permanent, generally applicable lessons from the lives of each.
I just finished reading 'Masters of Command' two days ago. I really liked the way it compared Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar at different, key points in each one's life. It condensed the lives and careers of each man into the author's five (5) stage framework. I have read many books on each man individually, but never one like this which dealt with all three. It provided a lot of historical details on each of the three men and the times in which they lived. The author contrasted the skill sets and behaviors of all three generals in a very interesting way. I did not find a single page of the book to be dull.
Barry Strauss has given us a concise overview and comparison of ancient history's three greatest captains. As a field artilleryman who served for 30 years with 12 years overseas including a combat tour in Vietnam followed by 12 years as a high school history teacher, I thoroughly enjoyed "Masters of Command." I applaud Barry's efforts in producing this slim, yet informative, volume.
This is by no means an in-depth review at all, its just a few words of my enjoyment of the book. I enjoyed how the author paced the book, starting with Alexander, moving onto Hannibal, and then ending with Caesar. It made for an enjoyable read each night and I highly recommend it especially to ancient history buffs and to anyone else.
A fine book, well written, beautifully researched, and an excellent purchase, arrived promptly, extremely well packed. This was just what I was looking for, to round out my own exploration of military history in this period.