Masters of Command

Masters of Command

Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership

Book - 2012 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
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Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar. Each was a master of war. Each had to look beyond the battlefield to decide whom to fight 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, and Caesar had to be not only generals but statesmen. And yet each was a battlefield commander, a strategist, a leader of men-in short, a warrior.

Tactics change, weapons change, but the ultimate purpose of war remains much the same through the centuries, and a great warrior must know how to measure success. Publishers Weeklysaid: "No one presents the military history of the ancient world with greater insight and panache than Barry Strauss," and in Masters of Commandhe shows what these three great commanders can teach us today about ambition, leadership, branding, and more.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781439164488
1439164487
Branch Call Number: 355.0092 STRAUSS
Characteristics: xviii, 289 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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KEVIN DOWD Jan 28, 2013

I really wanted to like this book..I was waiting in the queue for it to be published. but it was terrible.

Started out with some obvious and cramped points about leadership, and proceeded to break up the histories of Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar into these categories. This allows multiple repititions of his ideas across each person, and then a re-repetition of the SAME ideas across each category.. and then a conclusion where he re-re-repeats the same ideas, again, three times. (after hating the first two chapters I went to the end to see if he salvaged anything from this mess) all delivered in short... punchy.. drunkly stattico sentances. (repeated) (again) oh well.

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