Generals : Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World, Paperback

Generals : Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World Paperback

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Mark Urban tells the story of ten exceptional generals who left their mark on Britain, the British Empire, and the world.

Some - including the Duke of Wellington, Lord Kitchener and Bernard Montgomery - are names etched in the national mythology.

Others are unsung heroes and shadowy presences whose achievements or failures may have had consequences quite different to those they had intended.

All ten of these generals revealed either a brilliant ability or a fatal flaw.

Success or failure depended largely on their ability to work within Britain's Parliamentary democracy - and against tyrants, despots and emperors who were often free to act alone.

Mark Urban, the acclaimed author of Rifles and Fusiliers, is now one of our foremost experts on military history. "One of the most intelligent books on the British Army I have ever read." (Allan Mallinson).




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Clear & informative about a pretty roguish galere. Chinese Gordon especially seems a nasty ill mannered religious nutcase. Good particularly in the conclusion about the tightrope Br. Generals have to walk between demands of the enemy and the field and political masters, themselves dancing between monarch, parliament and electorate, more recently the media as well. Gives perspective on how Britain developed not only industry but freedoms, in part from its island position: " there is no such thing as a naval dictatorship" said Orwell ( well except perhaps Argentina ). Urban explains why.

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