How Great Generals Win

  • by Bevin Alexander
  • Narrated by James Slattery
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Throughout history great generals have done what their enemies have least expected. Instead of direct, predictable attack, they have deceived, encircled, outflanked, out-thought, and triumphed over often superior armies commanded by conventional thinkers. Collected here are the stories of the most successful commanders of all time, among them Hannibal, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Stonewall Jackson, Sherman, Rommel, Mao Zedong, who have demonstrated, at their own points in history, the strategic and tactical genius essential for victory. Ironically this virtue does not come naturally to military organizations, since more often than not the straight-ahead, narrow-thinking soldier will be promoted over his more lateral-minded, devious counterpart. Yet when the latter gets control, the results may be spectacular.


What the Critics Say

"This study is essential reading for students of military strategy and tactics." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Alexander draws on several examples through history to illustrate many of the traits common to successful military leaders.

I found the historical overviews excellent. At times the material is a little thick as the sheer volume of facts can get overwhelming. Listening to an audiobook, I find it difficult to keep track of the number of mm of armour a specific generation of German tank has in WWII. Also, I think it would have been nice to have an atlas at hand, as I found it difficult to keep track of locations.

This book will be of interest to: armchair historians, soldiers (past or present or considering a military career), writers, or anyone who wants to undertand a little more about how battles work, and some of the catastophes that we (people in general) have either avoided, or brought on ourselves.

Overall, it's worth slogging through in my opinion.
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- Charlie

Some Aspects of the Narration are Unpleasant

So far I've really liked the book, except for one thing none of the other reviews mention. The narrator often pauses, and whatever he is doing (swallowing, licking his lips, whatever he does to prep for the next part...) is very audible and detracts from the Audiobook a lot, for me at least. That is the *only* reason I did not rate this as a 5.
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- Jeremiah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.