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The Savior Generals [electronic Resource]

How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost, From Ancient Greece To Iraq

By Victor Davis Hanson

Prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson explores the nature of leadership with his usual depth and vivid prose in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals (Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus) who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war. War is rarely a predictable enterprise—it is a mess of luck, chance, and incalculable variables. Today’s sure winner can easily become tomorrow’s doomed loser. Sudden, sharp changes in fortune can reverse the course of war.

These intractable circumstances are sometimes mastered by leaders of genius—asked at the eleventh hour to save a hopeless conflict, one created by others and frequently unpopular politically and with the public. The savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies, and flame out quickly. Their careers regularly end in controversy. But their dramatic feats of leadership are vital slices of history—not merely as stirring military narrative, but as lessons on the dynamic nature of consensus, leadership, and destiny.

Format

Ebook

Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781608193639


Format: Ebook
Author: Hanson, Victor Davis
Summary: Traces the stories of Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus, evaluating their pivotal military roles and the controversies that marked their careers.
Title: The savior generals [electronic resource] : how five great commanders saved wars that were lost, from ancient Greece to Iraq / Victor Davis Hanson.
Publisher Date: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
Subject: Themistocles, approximately 524 B.C.-approximately 459 B.C. -- Military leadership. Belisarius, approximately 505-565 -- Military leadership. Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 -- Military leadership. Ridgway, Matthew B. (Matthew Bunker), 1895-1993 -- Military leadership. Petraeus, David Howell -- Military leadership. Generals -- Biography Command of troops -- History
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Format: Ebook
Author: Hanson, Victor Davis
Summary: Traces the stories of Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus, evaluating their pivotal military roles and the controversies that marked their careers.
Title: The savior generals [electronic resource] : how five great commanders saved wars that were lost, from ancient Greece to Iraq / Victor Davis Hanson.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
Description: 1 online resource (305 p.) : ill., maps.
Subjects: Themistocles, approximately 524 B.C.-approximately 459 B.C. -- Military leadership.
Subjects: Belisarius, approximately 505-565 -- Military leadership.
Subjects: Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 -- Military leadership.
Subjects: Ridgway, Matthew B. (Matthew Bunker), 1895-1993 -- Military leadership.
Subjects: Petraeus, David Howell -- Military leadership.
Subjects: Generals -- Biography
Subjects: Command of troops -- History
Genre: Electronic books.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Notes: Description based on print version record.
Contents: Athens is burning: Themistocles at Salamis-September 480 B.C. -- Byzantium at the brink: the fireman Flavius Belisarius-A.D. 527-559 -- "Atlanta is ours and fairly won": William Tecumseh Sherman's gift to Abraham Lincoln-summer 1864 -- 100 days in Korea: Matthew Ridgway takes over-winter 1950-51 -- Iraq is "lost": David Petraeus and the surge in Iraq-January 2007-May 2008.
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ISBN: 9781608193639 (electronic bk.)
ISBN: 1608193632 (electronic bk.)
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