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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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Stirring portraits of five commanders whose dynamic leadership changed the course of war and history by prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson.

"Victor Davis Hanson has written another outstanding and eye-opening book"—The Washington Examiner
Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to non-fiction in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals 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, created by others, often unpopular with politics and the public.
These savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies, and flame out quickly. Their careers often 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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"Victor Davis Hanson has written another outstanding and eye-opening book"—The Washington Examiner
Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to non-fiction in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals 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, created by others, often unpopular with politics and the public.
These savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies, and flame out quickly. Their careers often 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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subject_facetBelisarius, -- approximately 505-565 -- Military leadership
Command of troops -- History
Generals -- Biography
Petraeus, David Howell -- Military leadership
Ridgway, Matthew B. -- (Matthew Bunker), -- 1895-1993 -- Military leadership
Sherman, William T. -- (William Tecumseh), -- 1820-1891 -- Military leadership
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title_displayThe savior generals : how five great commanders saved wars that were lost--from ancient Greece to Iraq
title_fullThe Savior Generals How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost--From Ancient Greece to Iraq
The savior generals : how five great commanders saved wars that were lost--from Ancient Greece to Iraq [electronic resource] / Victor Davis Hanson
The savior generals : how five great commanders saved wars that were lost--from ancient Greece to Iraq / Victor Davis Hanson
title_shortThe savior generals
title_subhow five great commanders saved wars that were lost--from Ancient Greece to Iraq
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Biography & Autobiography
Command of troops
Generals
History
Military
Military leadership
Nonfiction
Petraeus, David Howell
Ridgway, Matthew B
Sherman, William T
Themistocles