Synopses & Reviews
Victor David Hanson, author of the highly regarded classic The Western Way of War
, presents an audacious and controversial theory of what contributes to the success of military campaigns.
Examining in riveting detail the campaigns of three brilliant generals who led largely untrained forces to victory over tyrannical enemies, Hanson shows how the moral confidence with which these generals imbued their troops may have been as significant as any military strategy they utilized. Theban general Epaminondas marched an army of farmers two hundred miles to defeat their Spartan overlords and forever change the complexion of Ancient Greece. William Tecumseh Sherman led his motley army across the South, ravaging the landscape and demoralizing the citizens in the defense of right. And George S. Patton commanded the recently formed Third Army against the German forces in the West, nearly completing the task before his superiors called a halt. Intelligent and dramatic, The Soul of Battle is narrative history at its best and a work of great moral conviction.
Victor Davis Hanson, author of the highly regarded Western Way of War, presents an audacious theory of what makes military campaigns successful.
Examining the campaigns of three brilliant generals from WWII, the Civil War, and Ancient Greece, Hammond argues that the moral vision they imparted to their troops was as significant as any strategy. Each led largely untrained forces to victory over tyrannical enemies. In August 1944, George S. Patton began pushing his newly formed Third Army into Germany so fast that in nine months he would liberate the death camps. In his famous Civil War March to the Sea, William Tecumseh Sherman led a motley army across the South, ravaging the landscape, liberating slaves, and demoralizing the Confederacy. And in the fourth century B.C., Theban General Epaminondas led an army of farmers nearly two hundreds miles to defeat the long invincible Spartan empire. Informed by great moral conviction, The Soul of Battle is narrative history at its best.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 463-468) and index.