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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bevin Alexander Narrator: James Slattery Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781470811730
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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 overcome 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, and Mao Zedong. Each demonstrated the strategic and tactical genius essential for victory—a virtue that, ironically, does not come naturally to military organizations. More often than not, the straight-ahead, narrow-thinking soldier will be promoted over his more lateral-minded, devious counterpart. Yet when the latter gains control, the results may be spectacular.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This study is essential reading for students of military strategy and tactics.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For lifelong armchair warriors.”


  • “An astute military historian’s mildly contrarian appraisal of what separates the sheep from the wolves in the great game of war…Informed opinions on the martial arts that draw provocative distinctions between victors and winners.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angel | 5/4/2013

    " I remember that this was probably one of the better books I read that year. However, it was a busy time back then, so barely made a note in my journal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xthun | 5/26/2010

    " entertains on military strategy battle by battle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald Harwick | 1/13/2010

    " I will NEVER again mention to my southerner wife that Mr.Alexander thought Robert E. Lee was not a good tactical leader. Her reply? "Shut your mourh you damn Yankee." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Carswell | 1/21/2009

    " Clay and I have listened to this audiobook multiple times. It's fascinating! I've never read the dead tree version so I can say how it is to read, but I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Samblanet | 11/15/2006

    " Enjoyed, although the chapters got a little long when he went into great detail of each battle. Interesting to see the direction of each General and how they were very similar and the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wachlin007 Hotmail | 6/22/2006

    " This book discusses the winning tactics that different generals have used such as Scipio, Hannibal, Alexander, Douglas MacArthur, Stonewall Jackson, and others. It was a very interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thinkbush Pu | 5/22/2006

    " Only several chapters are eye-catching,such as the chapter about Scipio Aficanus and MacArthur(the author is a Korean War veteran).Others are not worth reading any more. "

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About the Author
Author Bevin Alexander

Bevin Alexander is the author of seven books of military history, including How Hitler Could Have Won World War II and Lost Victories, which was named by the Civil War Book Review as one of the seventeen books that have most transformed Civil War scholarship. He was an advisor to the Rand Corporation for a study on future warfare and was a participant in a war-game simulation run by the Training and Doctrine Command of the US Army. His battle studies of the Korean War, written during his decorated service as a combat historian, are stored in the National Archives in Washington, DC. He lives in Bremo Bluff, Virginia.