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Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership | [Barry Strauss]

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

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.
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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 Weekly said: "No one presents the military history of the ancient world with greater insight and panache than Barry Strauss," and in Masters of Command he shows what these three great commanders can teach us today about ambition, leadership, branding, and more.

Understanding where Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar succeeded and failed can serve anyone who thinks strategically - whether in business or elsewhere - to analyze his or her actions. Masters of Command is a guidebook for the battlefield and the boardroom alike.

©2012 Barry Strauss (P)2012 Tantor

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"Strauss sharpens our image of three brilliant commanders and makes military history great fun." (Kirkus)

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    Aaron PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-19-13
    Aaron PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    Where does Masters of Command rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book and have listened to it about 5 times now, and have learned something new each and every time.

    I've learned about history, how my heroes were not only good--but also evil. I've learned that men are still men. Masters still make mistakes but strive to learn from those and to carry on nonetheless.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This book covers everything from love, inspiration and sex to war, battle and death. From battle tactics to spying and Cleopatra. You wont be bored.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerry 03-21-14
    Gerry 03-21-14 Member Since 2001

    Amateur history buff

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    "Disappointing, fragmented and way too opinionated"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with little knowledge of the ancient world and who wasn't bothered by lack of scholarly rigor.


    What could Barry Strauss have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Held back on his opinions. I really don't think that we are in a position to judge whether Caesar, Alexander and Hannibal should have done this or should have done that. We can't say what was right and what was wrong. Who knows how things would have turned out if they had taken different actions? Compared with recent history are sources are few and very one-sided and it simply doesn't make sense to sit in judgement of them 2,000 years later.


    What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't say


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration


    Any additional comments?

    There are way better books on the ancient world. Lectures too. I recommend the Great Courses lecture set on Alexander and the Macedonian Empire available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-04-12
    Tim Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you like best about Masters of Command? What did you like least?

    The subject are interesting, but I do not like the way the author switches from Alexander to Hannibal to Caeser and back to Alexander again, over and over again. He even doesn't compare these leaders particularly effectively.
    I just start to become engrossed in the story of one of these generals. when he switches to the next guy.


    Was Masters of Command worth the listening time?

    Probably not.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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