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The savior generals : how five great commanders saved wars that were lost, from ancient Greece to Iraq

Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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War is rarely a predictable enterprise -- it is a mess of luck, chance, and incalculable variables. 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, created by others, often unpopular with politics and the public. These savior generals often come from outside the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Nonfiction
Named Person: Themistocles; Belisarius; William T Sherman; Matthew B Ridgway; David Howell Petraeus; Belisarius; David Howell Petraeus; Matthew B Ridgway; William T Sherman; Themistocles
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Victor Davis Hanson
ISBN: 9781608191635 160819163X
OCLC Number: 813690969
Description: 305 pages ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Victor Davis Hanson.

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War is rarely a predictable enterprise -- it is a mess of luck, chance, and incalculable variables. 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, created by others, often unpopular with politics and the public. These savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies, and flame out quickly. Their careers often 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. The five generals profiled here -- Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus -- single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war.

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