Soldiers in the Shadows: Unknown Warriors Who Changed the Course of History

Overview

Just about everyone has heard of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Napoleon, three historical figures who, for better or worse, radically changed the world. But what about William Walker, Fred Ward, and John Singleton Mosby? They didn't live centuries ago and what they did also changed the world we live in. And each of them faced almost unbelievable odds...and won. Here are just a few covered in the book.
-William Walker recruited a handful of barflies in San Francisco ...
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Overview

Just about everyone has heard of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Napoleon, three historical figures who, for better or worse, radically changed the world. But what about William Walker, Fred Ward, and John Singleton Mosby? They didn't live centuries ago and what they did also changed the world we live in. And each of them faced almost unbelievable odds...and won. Here are just a few covered in the book.
-William Walker recruited a handful of barflies in San Francisco and not only conquered a country but frustrated the plans of the world's greatest empire.
-And John Singleton Mosby, a Confederate private, carved "Mosby's Confederacy" out of what is now suburban Washington and prolonged the Civil War at least six months.
-In World War I, Paul von Lettow Vorbeck, the German commander in East Africa, showed the world that black soldiers could fight as well as Caucasians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641582134
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Part 1 Filibusters Shake the Establisment 17
Chapter 1. The "Gray-Eyed Man of Destiny:" William Walker 19
Chapter 2. The Yankee God of War: Frederick T. Ward 43
Part 2 Guerrillas in the Rearguard 63
Chapter 3. The Different Drummer: John Singleton Mosby 65
Chapter 4. Treachery in the Badlands: Captain Jack 81
Part 3 The White Man's Burden 93
Chapter 5. "Damn, Damn, Damn the Filipino": Frederick Funston 95
Chapter 6. The African Ghost: Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck 119
Part 4 Britannia's Wayward Sons 141
Chapter 7. The Pen and the Sword: Erskine Childers 143
Chapter 8. Crazy Orde: Orde Wingate 163
Part 5 The Square and the Spook 189
Chapter 9. From the Jaws of Defeat (and Dugout Doug): Matthew B. Ridgway 191
Chapter 10. A Vistor From the Black World: Edward Lansdale 211
Afterword 231
Endnotes 237
Bibliography 265
Index 277
About the Author 287
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