Masters of the Battlefield: Great Commanders from the Classical Age to the Napoleonic Era (2020)

Masters of the Battlefield Great Commanders from the Classical Age to the Napoleonic Era The personality of a general is indispensable Napoleon once said He is the head he is the all of an army In Masters of the Battlefield Paul K Davis offers vivid portraits of fifteen legendary mili
  • Title: Masters of the Battlefield: Great Commanders from the Classical Age to the Napoleonic Era
  • Author: Paul K. Davis
  • ISBN: 9780195342352
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The personality of a general is indispensable, Napoleon once said He is the head, he is the all, of an army In Masters of the Battlefield, Paul K Davis offers vivid portraits of fifteen legendary military leaders whose brilliance on and off the battlefield embody this maxim.Hailing from the earliest days of Greek warfare to France at the turn of the nineteenth centu The personality of a general is indispensable, Napoleon once said He is the head, he is the all, of an army In Masters of the Battlefield, Paul K Davis offers vivid portraits of fifteen legendary military leaders whose brilliance on and off the battlefield embody this maxim.Hailing from the earliest days of Greek warfare to France at the turn of the nineteenth century, these men stand out for their tactical abilities generals who made a difference in combat, grasping the way an enemy would think or move and reacting not just to ensure victory, but do so in the face of superior forces Among the leaders discussed in this encompassing work of military history are Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Scipio Africanus, Belisarius, Chinggis Khan, Oda Nobunaga, the Duke of Wellington, and Napoleon Bonaparte Davis briefly explores the biography of each commander, considering how his upbringing, early experiences, and social and cultural background might have translated into his leadership abilities Relying on vast research, Davis describes the nature of armies and warfare of the time, from the phalanx battle of Ancient Greece to the artillery heavy Swedish army under Gustavus Adolphus He also examines the course of the wars in which each general fought as a background to the particular battles that best illustrates their abilities, and discusses each battle in detail, aided extensively by detailed battlefield maps Davis concludes each section with an analysis of the tactical skills and principles at which each general excelled.In analyzing these remarkable leaders, Davis offers a picture of warfare throughout history, and shows this history to be directed and oftentimes wholly decided by the abilities of a single man Masters of the Battlefield tells the stories of men who defined eras, reshaped nations, and who, through the introduction of new weapons and tactics, revolutionized the nature of warfare.
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    One Reply to “Masters of the Battlefield: Great Commanders from the Classical Age to the Napoleonic Era”

    1. This book took me a little while to get through, but it wasn t due to the length or because of any actual issue with the way it is written This is the kind of book that you want to put down for a bit and come back to again, so you can digest the information slowly and learn as much as you can If you are a fan of military history, this might just become your new history bible While military history can be boring, this book took such an advanced approach that I never lost interest in it I was cont [...]

    2. This book is a richly engaging read you will want to take your time with It s far from dry, with the imagery it brings forth taking you back to another time and surrounding you as if standing alongside the men on the battlefield eager for blood With so much historical information of the world s most noteworthy commanders pouring from the pages, there will surely be something within to wet most palates While this book includes the typical names most people remember from their high school history [...]

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