History's Greatest Generals

  • by Michael Rank
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the #1 bestselling author of The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross comes an exciting new book on the greatest minds of military leadership in history. Whether it is Hannibal of Carthage marching elephants across the Alps and attacking the heart of Rome, Khalid ibn al-Walid boasting an undefeated military career and destroying the Persian Empire while subduing the Byzantines, or Russian General Alexander Suvurov and his elevation of the bayonet to a work of art that could cut down any European army, great military leaders have exerted tremendous influence on society. This book will look at the lives of the 10 greatest military commanders in history. Some conquered the fullest expanse of the known world, as did Alexander the Great. Still others were master statesmen and capable of translating military victory into long-term political gains, such as Julius Caesar, whose vanquishing of the Gauls and his political opponents laid the groundwork for several centuries of unmatchable Roman imperial might. It will also look at the tactics they used to bring down stronger armies and befuddle them at every turn; whether it is Napoleon, who nearly conquered Europe through his deadly manoeuvre sur les derrieres and marching unexpectedly away from the enemy's main strength and concentrating on a weak but vital enemy point; or Hannibal's double entrapment maneuver, which has been the envy of military strategists for the last 2,000 years. Whatever their background, these rulers show that the right military commander at the right time in history can destroy an empire, change civilization, and alter the course of world history forever.


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Great Book

This is a very informative and well written book. It is presented in an interesting and enjoyable manner. It the end I was sorry that it was not 20 Generals because I enjoyed it so much.
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Well researched and interesting

This is a fairly short bigraphical study of ten different generals throughout history. Most are fairly well known, but a coupple I wasnt that familiar with, and the information presented made me want to learn more. The book is presented with each Generals basic history, a quick primer on their time and culture, and their accomplishments, It is obviously well researched, and hits all the highlights and even lowlights, showing their efffect on their society. Kevin Pierce does a great job narrating, adding just the right touch of gravitas to the narration. Definitely a good listen for any person interested in Military history.
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- Steve H. Caldwell "Book Maniac"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2013
  • Publisher: Five Minute Books