The Warrior Generals; Combat Leadership in the Civil War

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master historian gives readers a fresh new picture of the Civil War as it really was. Buell examines three pairs of commanders from the North and South, who met each other in battle. Following each pair through the entire war, the author reveals the human dimensions of the drama and brings the battles to life. 38 b&w photos.

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Overview

master historian gives readers a fresh new picture of the Civil War as it really was. Buell examines three pairs of commanders from the North and South, who met each other in battle. Following each pair through the entire war, the author reveals the human dimensions of the drama and brings the battles to life. 38 b&w photos.

From the Hardcover edition.

A master historian gives readers a fresh new picture of the Civil War as it really was. Buell examines three pairs of commanders from the North and South, who met each other in battle. Following each pair through the entire war, the author reveals the human dimensions of the drama and brings the battles to life. 38 b&w photos. 448 pp. National publicity, print ads. 15,000 print.

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YA An extraordinary look at military leadership during the Civil War. Buell focuses on the successes and failures of three Union generals: Ulysses S. Grant, George H. Thomas, and Francis C. Barlow; and three Confederate generals: Robert E. Lee, John Bell Hood, and John B. Gordon. Their battles and campaigns are examined by modern military standards and Buell's conclusions are insightful and at times revisionistic. By the end of the book, readers are left with an impression that Lee was often indecisive, had no strategic vision, and may have been single-handedly responsible for costing tens of thousands of lives by prolonging a war that could not be won. Grant comes off no better. Although eventually victorious, he is shown as impulsive, vindictive, and self-deceiving. What set Thomas apart was his attention to details. His staff was professional and capable, which allowed him to master the technology that gave him the ability to command and control his subordinates over large distances and to sustain his massive army deep in enemy territory. Readers are also left with a very positive impression of Barlow. In contrast, Hood is shown to be unable to adapt to the burden of leadership and changing technology. Although Gordon's leadership is examined, it is not with the same detail as the other five generals; thus, there is too little information to compare him with his counterpart, Barlow. Buell crowns the book with an annotated bibliography. This superb book is easy to read, well organized, and liberally illustrated with period photographs and drawings. Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609801734
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 783,370
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    fresh perspective

    I was very taken in by this book. Buell puts a fresh if somewhat biased look on Grant and Lee. I don't think either were as bad as he potrays, but he does manage to let the reader know they made blunders. Also Buell makes a good case for the unsung Thomas, as well as introducing Barlow,one of the best and unkown division commanders.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2001

    A Civil War Biography of 6 Generals

    Warrior Generals is a Civil War book with a new approach. A combined biography of 6 opposing Civil War Generals: Grant-Lee, Thomas-Hood, and Barlow-Gordon, it is a very good book for the most part but Mr. Buell is very contradictory in some of his statements. He found many faults with all of the generals and their decisions but praised them liberally as well. I would have liked for the book to be a little more detailed also. With all things considered though, I enjoyed the book and im sure any Civil War buff would enjoy reading this book as well

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