The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - From Ancient Greece to Iraq
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The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - From Ancient Greece to Iraq

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by Victor Davis Hanson
     
 

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Prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson explores the nature of leadership with his usual depth and vivid prose in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals (Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus) who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war.

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Prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson explores the nature of leadership with his usual depth and vivid prose in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals (Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus) who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war. War is rarely a predictable enterprise—it is a mess of luck, chance, and incalculable variables. Today's sure winner can easily become tomorrow's doomed loser. 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, one created by others and frequently unpopular politically and with the public. The savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies, and flame out quickly. Their careers regularly 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.

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“An instructive series of portraits of five military outsiders called in to turn defeat into victory.” —Kirkus Reviews

“It is not really news that Victor Davis Hanson has written another outstanding and eye-opening book. He has done that before and repeatedly, on a variety of subjects.” —The Washington Examiner

“Students of military leadership will be intrigued by Hanson's astute set of cases.” —Booklist

“Mr. Hanson's fluency with a broad range of historical epochs, which has made him one of his generation's most notable historians, is on full display in The Savior Generals.” —Wall Street Journal, Mark Moyar

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608193424
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
138,898
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. His many books include the acclaimed The Father of Us All, A War Like No Other, The Western Way of War, Carnage and Culture, and Ripples of Battle.

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The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating book from which I learned a lot. However, I was slightly disappointed at the lack of battle details. I enjoy being thrust into the heat of the battle and learning how they unfolded. In spite of that I enjoyed the details of the politics that played such an enormous role in the events of each era.
JoeClark More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb Book - The selection of the 5 generals in the book was outstanding. Victor Davis Hanson has done it again.
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Great read
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