Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Understanding where each of these three great but flawed commanders succeeded and failed can serve anyone who wants to think strategically or has to demonstrate leadership. In masters of command, barry strauss compares the way the three greatest generals of the ancient world—Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar—waged war and draws lessons from their experiences that apply on and off the battlefield.

In masters of command, barry strauss explains the qualities these great generals shared, the keys to their success, from ambition and judgment to leadership itself. Each general had to be a battlefield tactician and more: a statesman, a strategist, a leader. The result of years of research, france, and tunisia in the footsteps of Alexander, Turkey, Masters of Command is based on surviving written documents and archeological evidence as well as the author’s travels in Italy, Hannibal, Greece, and Caesar.

Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership #ad - Tactics change, but war itself remains much the same throughout the centuries, weapons change, and a great warrior must know how to define success. Each had to look beyond the battlefield to decide whom to fight, when, and why; to know what victory was and when to end the war; to determine how to bring stability to the lands he conquered.

Alexander, hannibal, Caesar—each was a master of war.

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Lincoln

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Simon & Schuster #ad - A masterful work by pulitzer prize–winning author David Herbert Donald, Lincoln is a stunning portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s life and presidency. Donald brilliantly depicts lincoln’s gradual ascent from humble beginnings in rural Kentucky to the ever-expanding political circles in Illinois, and finally to the presidency of a country divided by civil war.

Donald goes beyond biography, illuminating the gradual development of Lincoln’s character, chronicling his tremendous capacity for evolution and growth, thus illustrating what made it possible for a man so inexperienced and so unprepared for the presidency to become a great moral leader. In the most troubled of times, here was a man who led the country out of slavery and preserved a shattered Union—in short, one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen.

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Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack

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Simon & Schuster #ad - There were false assumptions and racist ones, infighting, misunderstandings, and clashes between egos. As he fretted, a japanese spy was counting warships in the harbor and reporting to Tokyo. Through remarkable characters and impeccable details, Pulitzer Prize–winner Steve Twomey shows how careless decisions and blinkered beliefs gave birth to colossal failure.

Louis Post-Dispatch. In a small office at pearl harbor, overlooking the battleships, the commander of the Pacific Fleet tried to assess whether the threat was real. But he tells the story with compassion and a wise understanding of why people—even smart, experienced, talented people—look down at their feet when they should be scanning the sky.

Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack #ad - The brilliance of Countdown to Pearl Harbor is in its elegant prose and taut focus. Never before has a story you thought you knew proven so impossible to put down. In washington, in late november 1941, dc, admirals composed the most ominous message in Navy history to warn Hawaii of possible danger—but they wrote it too vaguely.

Even though readers already know the ending, they’ll hold their collective breath, as if they’re watching a rerun of an Alfred Hitchcock classic” St. Besides, the admiral thought Pearl was too shallow for torpedoes; he never even put up a barrier. His intelligence had lost track of Japan’s biggest aircraft carriers, but assumed they were resting in a port far away.

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The Spartacus War

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Simon & Schuster #ad - An ex-soldier in the Roman army, Spartacus excelled in combat. Spartacus was beaten by a Roman general, Crassus, who had learned how to defeat an insurgency. Starting with only seventy-four men, a gladiator named Spartacus incited a rebellion that threatened Rome itself. And when faced with a choice between escaping to freedom and looting, the rebels chose wealth over liberty, risking an eventual confrontation with Rome's most powerful forces.

He defeated nine roman armies and kept Rome at bay for two years before he was defeated. A charismatic leader, he used religion to win support. With his fellow gladiators, Spartacus built an army of 60, 000 soldiers and controlled the southern Italian countryside. Their army was large and often undisciplined; the many ethnic groups within it frequently quarreled over leadership.

. But the rebels were partly to blame for their failure. The spartacus war is the extraordinary story of the most famous slave rebellion in the ancient world, and revolutionaries for 2, filmmakers, the fascinating true story behind a legend that has been the inspiration for novelists, 000 years. No single leader, not even Spartacus, could keep them all in line.

The Spartacus War #ad - The spartacus war is the dramatic and factual account of one of history's great rebellions. The result of years of research, the spartacus War is based not only on written documents but also on archaeological evidence, historical reconstruction, and the author's extensive travels in the Italian countryside that Spartacus once conquered.

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The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

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Simon & Schuster #ad - At home, eisenhower affirmed the central elements of the New Deal, such as Social Security; fought the demagoguery of Senator Joseph McCarthy; and advanced the agenda of civil rights for African-Americans. Yet he also charted a significant expansion of America’s missile technology and deployed a vast array of covert operations around the world to confront the challenge of communism.

As he left office, he cautioned Americans to remain alert to the dangers of a powerful military-industrial complex that could threaten their liberties. A new york times bestseller, insightful, this is the “outstanding” The Atlantic, and authoritative account of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency. Drawing on newly declassified documents and thousands of pages of unpublished material, The Age of Eisenhower tells the story of a masterful president guiding the nation through the great crises of the 1950s, from McCarthyism and the Korean War through civil rights turmoil and Cold War conflicts.

This is a portrait of a skilled leader who, despite his conservative inclinations, found a middle path through the bitter partisanship of his era. Today, presidential historians rank eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, and William Hitchcock’s “rich narrative” The Wall Street Journal shows us why Ike’s stock has risen so high.

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s #ad - Abroad, he ended the Korean War and avoided a new quagmire in Vietnam. He was a gifted leader, a decent man of humble origins who used his powers to advance the welfare of all Americans. Now more than ever, starred review, with this “complete and persuasive assessment” Booklist, Americans have much to learn from Dwight Eisenhower.

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Hannibal

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Simon & Schuster #ad - Hannibal is still regarded as a military genius. Hannibal is “an exciting biography of one of history’s greatest commanders…a thrilling page-turner” Kirkus Reviews, starred review about the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its knees, and who is still regarded today as one of the greatest military strategists in history.

Hannibal barca of carthage, born 247 BC, was one of the great generals of the ancient world. He is famed for leading carthage’s army across North Africa, into Spain, along the Mediterranean coast, and then crossing the Alps with his army and war elephants. Unable to force rome to capitulate, however, he was eventually forced to leave Italy and return to Carthage when a savvy Roman general named Scipio invaded North Africa.

Hunt’s story of the doomed general, whose exploits are more celebrated than those of his vanquishers, will appeal to any reader interested in military history or strategy” Publishers Weekly. Hannibal and scipio fought an epic battle at Zama, which Hannibal lost. Many carthaginians blamed Hannibal, who was exiled until his death.

Hannibal #ad - Hannibal won victories in northern Italy by outmaneuvering his Roman adversaries and defeated a larger Roman army at the battle of Cannae in 216 BC. From the time he was a teenager, Hannibal fought against Rome. After hamilcar led the carthaginian forces against Rome in the First Punic War, Hannibal followed in his father’s footsteps.

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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

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Simon & Schuster #ad - But after the assassination everything went wrong. In this story of the most famous assassination in history, “the last bloody day of the Roman Republic has never been painted so brilliantly” The Wall Street Journal. Julius caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate on March 15, 44 BC—the Ides of March according to the Roman calendar.

Brutus and cassius raised an army in Greece but Antony and Octavian defeated them. An original, new perspective on an event that seems well known, The Death of Caesar is “one of the most riveting hour-by-hour accounts of Caesar’s final day I have read. An absolutely marvelous read” The Times, London.

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination #ad - The conspirators fled Rome. The last was a leading general and close friend of Caesar’s who felt betrayed by the great man: He was the mole in Caesar’s camp. The conspirators wanted to return Rome to the days when the Senate ruled, but Caesar hoped to pass along his new powers to his family, especially Octavian.

The death of caesar provides a fresh look at a well-trodden event, with superb storytelling sure to inspire awe” The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mark antony made a brilliant speech—not “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” as Shakespeare had it, but something inflammatory that caused a riot.

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Henry V: The Warrior King of 1415

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RosettaBooks #ad - A great english hero, his sense of justice, Henry V was lionized by Shakespeare and revered by his countrymen for his religious commitment, and his military victories. From an award-winning historian: “A new and convincing likeness of medieval England's most iconic king” The Sunday Times. Here, historically accurate, noted historian and biographer ian mortimer takes a look at the man behind the legend and offers a clear, and realistic representation of a ruler who was all too human—and digs up fascinating details about Henry V’s reign that have been lost to history, including the brutal strategies he adopted at the Battle of Agincourt.

This biography by the bestselling author of the time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England takes an insightful look at the life of Henry V, casting new light on a period in history often held up as legend.

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Edward III: The Perfect King

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RosettaBooks #ad - A brutal man, to be sure, but also a brilliant one. Noted historian ian mortimer offers the first comprehensive look at the life of Edward III. The most remarkable medieval historian of our time. The times London. Holding power for over fifty years starting in 1327, Edward III was one of England’s most influential kings—and one who shaped the course of English history.

The perfect king was often the instigator of his own drama, but also overthrew tyrannous guardians as a teenager and ushered in a period of chivalric ideals. A look at the brutal, brilliant fourteenth-century ruler, by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England. Ideal for anyone fascinated by medieval history, language, artistic traditions, this lively book provides new insight into Edward III’s lasting influence on the justice system, and architecture of the country.

Edward III: The Perfect King #ad - Mortimer traces how edward’s reforms made feudal England a thriving, sophisticated country and one of Europe’s major military powers. Revered as one of the country’s most illustrious leaders for centuries, he was also a usurper and a warmonger who ordered his uncle beheaded.

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Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art of War

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Ovidian Books #ad - He also explores the effects of Alexander’s military campaign upon the course of world history: his legacy spans thousands of years. Inheriting the kingdom of macedonia when he was just 20, egypt, pakistan, the lands of the Fertile Crescent, Asia Minor, and on into what we now know as Afghanistan, the Near East, Alexander the Great went on to command his country’s most successful army conquering most of the known world: Greece, and India.

His small but revolutionary army was characterized by an unbreakable infantry phalanx and a shock cavalry force. Dodge, examines alexander’s expertise as a military strategist and an army commander, an experienced military historian, encapsulating all of the battles of his career. Alexander is a classic and timeless account of the life and battles of one of the greatest military commanders the world has ever seen.

Alexander: A History of the Origin and Growth of the Art of War #ad - He fought as a union officer in the american Civil War; as a writer, he was devoted to both the Civil War and the great generals of ancient and European history. Theodore ayrault dodge may 28, 1842 – October 26, 1909 was an American officer and military historian.

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The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization

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Simon & Schuster #ad - The greek victory changed the course of western history -- halting the advance of the Persian Empire and setting the stage for the Golden Age of Athens. Filled with the sights, sounds, and scent of battle, The Battle of Salamis is a stirring work of history. He introduces us to the unforgettable characters whose decisions altered history: themistocles, the only woman commander known from antiquity, the playwright who served in the battle and later wrote about it; and Artemisia, Athens' great leader and admiral of its fleet, who devised the ingenious strategy that effectively destroyed the Persian navy in one day; Xerxes, the Persian king who fought bravely but who ultimately did not understand the sea; Aeschylus, who turned defeat into personal triumph.

In this dramatic new narrative account, historian and classicist Barry Strauss brings this landmark battle to life. More than two millennia after it occurred, the clash between the Greeks and Persians at Salamis remains one of the most tactically brilliant battles ever fought. Overwhelmingly outnumbered by the enemy, the Greeks triumphed through a combination of strategy and deception.

The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- and Western Civilization #ad - On a late september day in 480 B. C. Greek warships faced an invading Persian armada in the narrow Salamis Straits in the most important naval battle of the ancient world.

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