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The Mask of Command

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Publisher Comments:

John Keegan’s brilliant look at the meaning of leadership

In The Mask of Command, John Keegan asks us to consider questions that are seldom asked: What is the definition of leadership? What makes a great military leader? Why is it that men, indeed sometimes entire nations, follow a single leader, often to victory, but with equal dedication also to defeat?

Dozens of names come to mind...Napoleon, Lee, Charlemagne, Hannibal, Castro, Hussein. From a wide array, Keegan chooses four commanders who profoundly influenced the course of history: Alexander the Great, the Duke of Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant and Adolph Hitler. All powerful leaders, each cast in a different mold, each with diverse results.

“The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy

 

“A brilliant treatise on the essence of military leadership.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

“Fascinating and enlightening… marked by great intellectual liveliness… Mr. Keegan knows how to bring fighting alive on the page.” –The New York Times

Synopsis:

In this incisive analysis of generals, John Keegan examines the meaning of heroism as represented by Alexander the Great, Wellington, Grant, and Hitler, and argues that generalship, like warfare itself, is a cultural activity that has, through the years, required a change in the very nature of leadership. 16 pages of photos.

About the Author

Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan (1934–2012), was one of the most distinguished contemporary military historians and was for many years the senior lecturer at Sandhurst (the British Royal Military Academy) and the defense editor of the Daily Telegraph (London). Keegan was the author of numerous books including The Face of Battle, The Mask of Command, The Price of Admiralty, Six Armies in Normandy, and The Second World War, and was a fellow at the Royal Society of Literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pre-Heroic Leadership

1. Alexander the Great and Heroic Leadership

Alexander: the Father of the Man

The Achievement

The Kingdom of Macedon

The Macedonian Army

Alexander's Staff

Alexander and his Soldiers

Ceremony and Theatre

Alexander's Oratory

Alexander on the Battlefield

Alexander and the Mask of Command

2. Wellington: The Anti-Hero

Wellington the Man

Wellington and Western Military Society

Wellington's Army

Wellington's Staff

Wellington's Routine

Wellington and the Presentation of Self

Wellington in Battle

Observation and Sensation

3. Grant and Unheroic Leadership

Grant and the Progress of War

The Professional Career of U.S. Grant

Grant's Army

Grant's Staff

Grant on Campaign

Grant the Fighter

Grant and American Democracy

4. False Heroic: Hitler as Supreme Commander

War and Hitler's World

The War Hitler Made

Hitler's Soldiers

Hitler's Headquarters

Hitler in Command

Hitler and the Theatre of Leadership

Conclusion: Post-Heroic: Command in the Nuclear World

The Imperative of Kinship

The Imperative of Prescription

The Imperative of Sanction

The Imperative of Action

The Imperative of Example

The Validation of Nuclear Authority

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140114065
Author:
Keegan, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Judges
Subject:
Command of troops
Subject:
Command of troops -- History.
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
1467
Publication Date:
19881031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.76x5.03x.76 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , In this incisive analysis of generals, John Keegan examines the meaning of heroism as represented by Alexander the Great, Wellington, Grant, and Hitler, and argues that generalship, like warfare itself, is a cultural activity that has, through the years, required a change in the very nature of leadership. 16 pages of photos.

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