The Savior Generals

How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - From Ancient Greece to Iraq
Narrated by: Bob Souer
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Stirring portraits of five commanders whose dynamic leadership changed the course of war and history by prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson.

Prominent military historian Victor Davis Hanson explores the nature of leadership with his usual depth and vivid prose in The Savior Generals, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals (Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus) who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war. War is rarely a predictable enterprise - it is a mess of luck, chance, and incalculable variables. Today's sure winner can easily become tomorrow's doomed loser. Sudden, sharp changes in fortune can reverse the course of war.

These intractable circumstances are sometimes mastered by leaders of genius - asked at the 11th hour to save a hopeless conflict, one created by others and frequently unpopular politically and with the public. The savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies, and flame out quickly. Their careers regularly end in controversy. But their dramatic feats of leadership are vital slices of history - not merely as stirring military narrative, but as lessons on the dynamic nature of consensus, leadership, and destiny.

©2013 Victor Davis Hanson (P)2019 Tantor

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A good history book tells about human nature.

A good book about individuals with higher order of thinking and their changing the course of everything by one good decision of scale when everyone else has thought all was lost. Also a good book about what such individuals have to go through as, by the analogy of the IQ scores, they are as far from the standard social conduct as the IQ 65 scorer from the mean value, before and after their working wonders. The story of the fifth general, David Petreaus, is not a good match with the other four for his obvious social skills as told and his being challenged rather by the usual politics. We are often referred to certain left-wing individuals and their narratives instead of the good presentation of the human psyche in the other chapters. Bob Souer reads in a rush. I had to adjust the speed to 90 per cent, in which case the listening experience becomes much better. Overall I think the book is a good read and is recommended for those who like to look beyond names of wars, their dates, and the name of the king or the president back then.

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Don't want your time

Refused to waste my time finishing this book. His argument for Sherman was laughable, LAUGHABLE!

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