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A Concise Dictionary of Military Biography
Martin Windrow
0471551813
Feb 1992
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Book Description
A concise dictionary of the most important military leaders in history, featuring detailed capsule biographies of 200 individuals from antiquity to the modern age. Included are military leaders known for their sheer genius (Genghis Khan, Frederick the Great, Napoleon); strategic ability (Wellington, Lee, Rommel, Eisenhower); incompetence or villainy (Custer, Budenny, Benedict Arnold); and administrative or theoretical mastery (Clausewitz, Liddel-Hart). Still others are included for their innovativeness (T. E. Lawrence), notoriety (Jeanne d'Arc, El Cid) or because, as with certain medieval figures, their careers are a particularly apt reflection of their times. Written by two respected authorities in the field, it is both an ideal reference for military historians and a uniquely entertaining and browsable text for...


Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
H. R. McMaster
0060929081
January 1998
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Book Review
For years the popular myth surrounding the Vietnam War was that the Joint Chiefs of Staff knew what it would take to win but were consistently thwarted or ignored by the politicians in power. Now H. R. McMaster shatters this and other misconceptions about the military and Vietnam in Dereliction of Duty. Himself a West Point graduate, McMaster painstakingly waded through every memo and report concerning Vietnam from every meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to build a comprehensive picture of a house divided against itself: a president and his coterie of advisors obsessed with keeping Vietnam from becoming a political issue versus the Joint Chiefs themselves, mired in interservice rivalries and unable to reach any unified goals or conclusions about the country's conduct in the war. McMaster stresses two elements in his...


Waffen-Ss Commanders: The Army, Corps and Divisiional Leaders of a Legend : Augsberger to Kreutz (Schiffer Military History)
Mark C. Yerger
0764303562
October 1997
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Book Description
The units of the Waffen-SS were some of the most successful and influental combat formations produced by any country in this century. Their abilities and accomplishments, in both defense and offense, remain legendary. Finally, the commanders of these elite units are examined here in detail. In this book, the first of a two volume set, forty-four biographies reveal the lives of the most senior Waffen-SS commanders. Details are provided for education, as well as pre-Third Reich era service in military and civil posts, and includes promotions, assignments and decorations. The 1933-1945 era, the most detailed, reveals all their commands and related data similar to their earlier service. Officially documented recollections of the combat actions that resulted in bestowal of their highest awards (Knight's Cross and German...


Platoon Leader : A Memoir of Command in Combat
James R. Mcdonough
0891418008
February 4, 2003
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From AudioFile
A kid grows up in Brooklyn, goes to West Point, and then finds himself leading a platoon in the fabled 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. Not your typical experience. But as the author points out with intelligence, fine details, and intensity, nothing about the Vietnam experience was typical. These accounts of booby traps, the ubiquitous helicopters, and the bankrupt "Strategic Hamlet Program" are challenging and riveting. Joel Rooks's steady and decidedly urban reading reflects the author's background, strong sense of duty, and questioning nature. McDonough relates how he struggled to hang on to his humanity and morality in extremely inhuman situations. He did manage to hold on to his values, and he found something else besides--wisdom. B.P. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile,...


His Excellency: George Washington
Joseph J. J. Ellis
1400040310
October 2004
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Book Review
As commander of the Continental army, George Washington united the American colonies, defeated the British army, and became the world's most famous man. But how much do Americans really know about their first president? Today, as Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph J. Ellis says in this crackling biography, Americans see their first president on dollar bills, quarters, and Mount Rushmore, but only as "an icon--distant, cold, intimidating." In truth, Washington was a deeply emotional man, but one who prized and practiced self-control (an attribute reinforced during his years on the battlefield).

Washington first gained recognition as a 21-year-old emissary for the governor of Virginia, braving savage conditions to confront encroaching French forces. As the de facto leader of the American Revolution, he not only won the...



Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill (Leaders in Action Series) (Leaders in Action Series)
Stephen Mansfield
1581823223
November 2002
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From the Publisher
Winston Churchill is one of the most extraordinary leaders the tumultuous twentieth century produced. Why did he see so clearly when those around him acted so blindly? What enabled him to stand steadfastly when those around him vacillated? How was he able to inspire whole nations to endure the unendurable and to achieve the unachievable when those around him surrendered all hope? In this remarkable new study of Churchill's legacy, Stephen Mansfield addresses these questions and shows us what lay at the core of Churchill's extraordinary character. The result is an inspiring portrait of a truly great leader. --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.


Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War
Charles Bracelen Flood
0374166005
October 2005
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Book Review
The lives of Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman are classic underdog stories. Both of these "obscure failures" experienced more disappointment than success prior to the start of the Civil War. By 1861, they had each resigned from the U.S. Army and failed in several civilian pursuits between them, including farming, real estate, retail, and banking. Further, Grant was known as a drunk and Sherman was labeled insane. But once they threw themselves into the war effort, their best traits and talents began to reveal themselves. Even their motives were similar--both men joined the war not to eradicate slavery but to hold the Union together, believing that secession was equal to treason. This dual biography gracefully reveals how the two men grew to be "as brothers," why their partnership proved essential to victory for the...


His Excellency: George Washington
Joseph J. Ellis
1400032539
November 2005
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Review
" [Ellis has done it again. This is an important and challenging work: beautifully written, lively, serious and engaging.” –The Boston Globe

“Absorbing. . . . An incisive portrait [that] eloquently conveys the magnitude of Washington’s accomplishments.” –The New York Times


“Absolutely fascinating. . . . Underscores how extraordinary Washington’s accomplishments really were.” –The Christian Science Monitor

“Lively and engaging. . . . An accessible portrait. . . . Ellis writes simply but eloquently. His prose is lucid, graceful and witty, his book is hard to put down. . . . Should be required reading.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Call of Duty: The Sterling Nobility of Robert E. Lee (Leaders in Action Series)
J. Steven Wilkins, George Grant (Editor)
1888952237
August 1996
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Publisher
"I fear it is now out of the power of man and in God alone must be our trust. No act could give me so much pleasure as to restore peace to my country." Thus spoke Robert E. Lee, a man torn between obligation to the government he had so faithfully served and the state he so dearly loved. Though many were the causes of the war, Lee fought not for the enslavement of man, but for the freedom of his treasured home. J. Steven Wilkins gives us a fresh look at the character of this man of God and the call of duty he could not ignore. Available in January, 1997.


Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors
Stephen E. Ambrose
0385479662
May 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Military historian Ambrose examines the connections between the Indian chief and the cavalry officer who fought at Little Bighorn. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
"Movingly told and well written . . . a fine  contribution, one that will be read with pleasure and  admiration by general reader, student and scholar  alike. Ambrose has breathed new life into the  familiar facts."--Library  Journal

"An epic and accurate retelling  of one of our country's most tragic  periods."--Baltimore Sun

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Himmler: Reichs Fuhrer-SS
Peter Padfield
0304358398
December 31, 2001
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Book Description
In a small museum in Munich lies a photograph of a man who looks for all the world like a harmless, myopic clerk. But, his peaked cap, bearing the death's-head insignia of the SS, exposes the truth: the man is Heinrich Himmler, and this is the chilling record of his rise to prominence in Hitler's Third Reich. As both SS police and Gestapo chief, and the person in charge of the camps in Eastern Europe, he presided over an empire of death. How could a man have such a disregard for human life? Through an exploration of Himmler's aberrant psychology, and the inner workings of the Nazi elite, some compelling and shocking conclusions emerge. A chilling study of the abuse of absolute power. "A thorough, conscientious and compulsively readable investigation."--A. L. Rowse, Sunday Telegraph.


Panzer Leader
B. H. Liddell Hart (Foreword), et al
0306811014
December 24, 2001
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Book Description
The 50th-anniversary edition of the German general's legendary memoir. When published in 1952, Panzer Leader quickly became a best seller, but over the half-decade that followed, it also established itself as a classic, lauded by Stephen Ambrose as "a mesmerizing read." A dramatic first-person account by the father of modern tank warfare, it is also a searing group portrait of the Third Reich's leading personalities as they turned imminent victory into agonizing defeat.

About the Author
Heinz Guderian (1888-1954) rose through the ranks to become Chief of the General Staff. He was also the author of Achtung, Panzer! and With the Tanks in the East and West.


Saddam's Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied and Survived Saddam Hussein
Georges Sada
1591454042
January 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Former Iraqi General Sada delivers a riveting inside account of Saddam Hussein's tyranny, including confirmation of the existence and hiding of weapons of mass destruction. Despite being a Christian and refusing to join the Baath Party, Sada was promoted to Saddam's inner circle for his honest advice. Sada criticizes most countries and the United Nations (whose workers he accuses of accepting bribes) for their complicity in propagating Saddam's regime. But he strongly praises Operation Iraqi Freedom, pointing out that no other country would take the first step. The book has an unexpectedly religious angle, being slightly Christian-centric and paranoid over Muslim population growth in the West. Regardless, Sada blames Saddam for destroying Iraq, but remains hopeful the nation will have a chance to become a modern...


Patton: A Biography
Alan Axelrod
1403971390
February 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Gen. George Patton, "a great and flawed figure" who still elicits strong feelings, makes an excellent choice for the initial volume in Palgrave's Great Generals series. Axelrod, a prolific business writer and historian (Patton on Leadership; Elizabeth I, CEO), delivers a solid if brief introduction to Patton's life and career. Seeking a "balanced appreciation" of Patton, Axelrod focuses on the contradictions that make the general such a controversial figure. A tactical genius who was instrumental in pioneering the concepts of modern maneuver and combined arms warfare, Patton often struggled to control his own personal demons and emotions. Thus, the man who conquered Sicily and turned "a stunning catastrophe" into an equally stunning victory at the Battle of the Bulge once set off a media storm—and was...


Leaders of the Lost Cause: New Perspectives on the Confederate High Command
Gary W. Gallagher (Editor), Joseph T. Glatthaar (Editor)
0811700879
October 2004
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Book Description
Two well-known historians of the American Civil War collect new essays on eight major military commanders of the Confederacy. Serving as both character studies and strategic analyses, these lively pieces come from some of the preeminent names in Civil War history, including William C. Davis, Charles Roland, and James I. Robertson. Taken together, they form a fascinating portrait of the Confederate command. Includes essays on P.G. T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, Samuel Cooper, John Bell Hood, Albert Sidney Johnston, Joseph E. Johnston, Robert E. Lee, and Edmund Kirby Smith.

About the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor of History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. Joseph T. Glatthaar is a professor of history at the University of...


Nineteen Stars: A Study in Military Character & Leadership
Edgar F. Puryear
0891411488
January 1997
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Book Description
Puryear follows MacArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower and Patton through the years of their military service in both peace and war.


Wellington: The Iron Duke
Richard Holmes
0007137508
March 30, 2005
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The Times
"In Holmes' surprisingly revisionist view, Wellington emerges as far better soldier than he was a loveable individual."

Book Description
In this compelling biography, Richard Holmes charts the life of the Duke of Wellington, Britain's greatest soldier. He follows Wellington's remarkable career, from the ruins of his family seat in Ireland and the plains of India where he first gained his reputation as a brilliant commander, to the horrors of the Peninsular War and Waterloo. Holmes sees Wellington as a brilliant figure, idealistic in politics, cynical in love, a man of enormous courage and iron duty often sickened by the horrors of war.

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Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry (Leaders in Action Series)
David J. Vaughan, George Grant (Editor)
1581823231
November 2002
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From the Publisher
"know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" These compelling words from a speech delivered by Patrick Henry in 1775 at the second Virginia Convention embody the spirit of American courage and patriotism. The speeches of the 'orator of liberty' fueled the fire of the struggle for American Independence. This insightful look at one of our country's most colorful and verbal forefathers will deepen every readers' appreciation for the leaders in our past and strengthen their understandimg that, even today, freedom isn't free. Available in December.


Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers
Larry Alexander
0451215109
April 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The commander of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was the subject of Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, the HBO miniseries made from it, and now this biography from a Pennsylvania journalist. Much of the book covers the same ground as the preceding work (Winters's command from Normandy through the Battle of the Bulge), but it also covers his youth in rural Pennsylvania, the Depression-era hardships he survived and the old-fashioned work ethic that stood him in good stead when he was drafted in 1941. Promotion eventually brought Winters to the rank of major and command of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th, and he was urged to stay in the army after WWII and again during Korea. But he settled down as a successful seller of livestock feed, raised a family and at the end of the book is still alive at...


Civil War Battles and Leaders
DK Publishing
0789498901
January 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Reviewed with American Revolution Battles and Leaders.Gr. 6-12. These two slim, heavily illustrated volumes in the Battles and Leaders series may appear slight, but in fact they are filled with great information and statistics that are not always immediately available. They are also stellar examples of the publisher's knack for making visuals an integral part of the information-gathering process. Students wanting in-depth analysis will need to go elsewhere, but these work well for quick facts, background, and clear summaries of a host of battles (in chronological order). Notes appear on military and political figures whose names dot the pages of more comprehensive history texts. Attractively placed color spot art, thumbnail-sized portraits, small maps showing troop movements, vintage photos, and helpful pull-quotes...


Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century
Dennis E. Showalter
0425193462
April 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
One of the most distinguished American historians of WWII returns with an outstanding parallel biography of George Patton and Erwin Rommel. The research is thorough, the quality of the writing superb. The two men came from substantially different backgrounds—Patton from an upper-class family with a distinguished record in the Confederate Army, Rommel from staunchly middle-class Wurttemburgers barely eligible to send their son into the Kaiser's army. Both saw combat in WWI (Rommel far more than Patton), spent a frustrating interwar period (in which Rommel fared better than Patton) and rose to high distinction as experts in mobile warfare in WWII. Today, each is more admired in the other's country, and the author argues persuasively that they had different ambitions in their pursuit of mobility: Patton lived...

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