Masters of Command

Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

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

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this is a story of caesar hannibal and alexander

I was more looking for a book about strategy in war than a narrative about their individual campaigns. the author and reader did a great job narrating and doing research, just not for me

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Hard Pass

the book is disjointed constantly jumping between three different men living in completely different times. This book is what happens when you try to sell history to the general public.

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One of the best books I have ever enjoyed.

Everything about this book is amazing! I loved it from start to finish and it was narrated extraordinarily well! especially if you were in the military you would be doing yourself with this disservice by not reading this book.

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love the stories

love hearing about pass commanders. these three are my top favorites being that they were so blinded by power they lost their sight on the real goal which was liberating the people.

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Too much jumping around

There was a lot of information and it was interesting. It jumped around too much for me between the 3 protagonists.

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Very enjoyable listen

Great and interesting way to interweave the stories of Hannibal, Alexander, and Caesar. This allows for fascinating comparisons and contrasts among the three.

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Thought provoking

Good read, kind of repetitive but still thought provoking.
Would recommend if you're a fan of ancient history.

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Heroes?

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.

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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.

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A lack of continuity

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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.

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captivating

very well done. comparisons between the venerable commanders noteworthy for any student of leadership at the operational and strategic level.