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Maverick military leaders : the extraordinary battles of Washington, Nelson, Patton, Rommel, and others

Author: Robert Harvey
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the high seas at Trafalgar to the dusty battle fields of Sinai, the course of history has been changed by military mavericks who lead from the front. In the current age of backroom generals who command from far behind the front lines, it is often forgotten that wars have been won or lost by the personality and leadership of a maverick commander. Here for the first time together are the stories of the military  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Harvey
ISBN: 1602393567 9781602393561
OCLC Number: 227016449
Notes: "A Herman Graf book."
Description: xlvii, 442 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), plans ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Golden Age of Military Leadership xix --
Chapter 1 Clive of India: British Warrior-Emperor 1 --
Chapter 2 Wolfe of Quebec: The First Amphibian and Commando 21 --
Chapter 3 Washington: The First American 37 --
Chapter 4 Nelson: Sailor Superstar 79 --
Chapter 5 Cochrane, the Sea Wolf: The Naval Marauder 135 --
Chapter 6 Wellington, the Iron Duke: Master of the Sudden Strike 189 --
Chapter 7 Garibaldi the Guerrilla: Unifier of Italy 251 --
Chapter 8 Grant: American Hammer 277 --
Chapter 9 Rommel: The Desert Fox 297 --
Chapter 10 Monty: The Desert Rat 321 --
Chapter 11 Patton: The Bulldozer 343 --
Chapter 12 MacArthur: The Last American Hero 363.
Responsibility: Robert Harvey.
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"From the high seas at Trafalgar to the dusty battle fields of Sinai, the course of history has been changed by military mavericks who lead from the front. In the current age of backroom generals who command from far behind the front lines, it is often forgotten that wars have been won or lost by the personality and leadership of a maverick commander. Here for the first time together are the stories of the military careers of Ariel Sharon, Simon Bolivar, Robert E. Lee, Henri Gouraud, Douglas MacArthur, Horatio Nelson, Georgy Zhukov, William Slim, and many more. In sixteen riveting portraits, bestselling historian Robert Harvey (The War of Wars) explores how these lone leaders came to power, and how their unique leadership styles affected the extraordinary events of Stalingrad, Chancellorsville, Austerlitz, Messina, Junin, Yorktown, Inchon, Plassey, Imphal, Sinai, and Salamanca, among others. Explore Napoleon's reputation as an aggressive tactician, Bolivar's talent for flamboyant improvisation, and George Washington's careful and calculated patience. Discover the history behind the nicknames of "Old Blood and Guts" (Patton) and "the Desert Fox" (Rommel). Maverick Military Leaders is a definitive, one-volume account of some of history's most important and surprising battles and the commanders who won the field."--Jacket.

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