The Military 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Military Leaders of All Time

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George Washington. Napoleon Bonaparte. Genghis Khan. George S. Patton. Adolf Hitler. The very names conjure up images of glorious victories, startling reversals, and colossal defeats. All of them have left their mark on world history. But how do they stack up as leaders when compared to each other? The answers given in The Military 100 will surprise you. Although granting that these great leaders had no opportunity - in most cases - to confront each other on the battlefield, Michael Lee Lanning, a military ...
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Overview

George Washington. Napoleon Bonaparte. Genghis Khan. George S. Patton. Adolf Hitler. The very names conjure up images of glorious victories, startling reversals, and colossal defeats. All of them have left their mark on world history. But how do they stack up as leaders when compared to each other? The answers given in The Military 100 will surprise you. Although granting that these great leaders had no opportunity - in most cases - to confront each other on the battlefield, Michael Lee Lanning, a military historian and retired lieutenant colonel, has nevertheless created a sophisticated ranking based as much on the influence that each man had on the destiny of the forces and nation he was empowered to lead as on the number and size of his victories. The book contains many surprises. Even seasoned armchair military historians will make new discoveries. In addition to the well-known heroes of battle, Lanning has turned the spotlight on more obscure strategists: He ranks French Marshal Hermann-Maurice Comte de Saxe (1696-1750) and Spanish general Fernandez Gonzalo de Cordoba (1453-1515), for example, well above Ulysses S. Grant, Horatio Nelson, Charles XII, and even George S. Patton. The narratives are devoid of the popular misconceptions and distortions often found in military biographies. Only the plain truth remains - and much of it is startling. Whether you are reading for enjoyment or research or just to argue with the author's controversial ranking system, you'll find The Military 100 indispensable.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More general military history is covered in The Military 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Military leaders of All Time, by Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Lee Lanning. In the #1 slot, Lanning (Senseless Secrets) places George Washington, not for his military genius but for his role in establishing the U.S. Similarly cogent discussions explain Lanning's choices for the next four slots (Napoleon I, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Julius Caesar) and beyond. Illustrations.
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Retired Army colonel Lanning (Senseless Secrets, Carol Pub. Group, 1995) gives a new twist on who's who among military leaders. Lanning not only provides concise biographies of his selected 100 military leaders but also takes the bold step of ranking them from one to 100, in the order of their enduring influence on world history. The selected 100 span 15 centuries of warfare, from Attila the Hun (#15) to Norman Schwarzkopf (#49) and include both heroes and villains, innovators and heretics. Hitler is ranked rather high at #14, while Kim Il Sung is a lowly #86. As expected, George Washington is ranked first on the list, with British General Allenby ranked dead last. The lone female, Joan of Arc, is #43. This is a grand list, filled with the famous and infamous and even some obscure men like Lennart Torstensson and Thomas Cochrane. As a clever approach to military history, this is recommended for the general reader.-Col. William D. Bushnell, USMC (ret.), Harpswell, Me.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760712795
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/18/1999
  • Pages: 372

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