Maverick Military Leaders: The Extraordinary Battles of Washington, Nelson, Patton, Rommel, and Others

Maverick Military Leaders: The Extraordinary Battles of Washington, Nelson, Patton, Rommel, and Others

by Robert Harvey
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Maverick Military Leaders: The Extraordinary Battles of Washington, Nelson, Patton, Rommel, and Others by Robert Harvey


From the high seas at Trafalgar to the dusty battlefields of Sinai, the course of history has been changed by military mavericks who lead from the front. In the current age of backroom generals who command from far behind the front lines, it is often forgotten that wars have been won or lost by the personality and leadership of a maverick commander. Here for the first time together are the stories of the military careers of Ariel Sharon, Simon Bolivar, Robert E. Lee, Henri Gouraud, Douglas MacArthur, Horatio Nelson, Georgy Zhukov, William Slim, and many more. In sixteen riveting portraits, bestselling historian Robert Harvey (The War of Wars) explores how these lone leaders came to power, and how their unique leadership styles affected the extraordinary events of Stalingrad, Chancellorsville, Austerlitz, Messina, Junín, Yorktown, Inchon, Plassey, Imphal, Sinai, and Salamanca, among others. Explore Napoleon’s reputation as an aggressive tactician, Bolivar’s talent for flamboyant improvisation, and George Washington’s careful and calculated patience. Discover the history behind the nicknames of “Old Blood and Guts” (Patton) and “the Desert Fox” (Rommel). Maverick Military Leaders is a definitive, one-volume account of some of history’s most important and surprising battles and the commanders who won the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602393561
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Harvey has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, assistant editor of the Economist, and a member of British Parliament. He is the author of many books, including The War of Wars; The Undefeated: The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Greater Japan; Portugal: Birth of a Democracy; Liberators; Global Disorder: America and the Threat of World Conflict; Cochrane; and Bolivar.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

List of Illustrations and Maps xiii

Foreword xv

Introduction: The Golden Age of Military Leadership xix

Chapter 1 Clive of India: British Warrior-Emperor 1

Chapter 2 Wolfe of Quebec: The First Amphibian and Commando 21

Chapter 3 Washington: The First American 37

Chapter 4 Nelson: Sailor Superstar 79

Chapter 5 Cochrane, the Sea Wolf: The Naval Marauder 133

Chapter 6 Wellington, the Iron Duke: Master of the Sudden Strike 187

Chapter 7 Garibaldi the Guerrilla: Unifier of Italy 249

Chapter 8 Grant: American Hammer 275

Chapter 9 Rommel: The Desert Fox 295

Chapter 10 Monty: The Desert Rat 319

Chapter 11 Patton: The Bulldozer 341

Chapter 12 MacArthur: The Last American Hero 361

Bibliography 399

Index 411

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