The Military Leadership By John Keegan

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In this book, John Keegan examines the lives of four well-known commanders and analyzes their command through the lens of what he terms "the heroic." He argues that the first armies began to organize themselves under the command of someone who met this heroic ideal, and demonstrates that, throughout history, successful commanders have adapted this ideal to suit their individual needs given the circumstances of the time.Each Commander is presented in his historical background: political and social circumstances; his staff and soldiers, his ideals and goals, his methods and resources. Professor John Keegan�s �Mask of Command� is a far-reaching study of the military leadership through history. Keegan provides a study of the styles of 4 generals � �heroic� leadership of Alexander the Great, �non-heroic� examples of Duke of Wellington and US Grant, and a �pseudo-heroic� dictact of Adolph Hitler. John Keegan has done an admirable job in unmasking the great military leaders throughout the ages. His book concentrates on four major figures: Alexander, Wellington, Grant, and Hitler. Without prejudice and with a keen eye on objectivity, he rates all four men in the most thorough manner. MASK analyzes and contrasts the military leadership of four men: Alexander, Wellington, Grant and Hitler. Each profile is fascinating in itself, but what impressed me profoundly was the final chapter, in which Keegan brings everything together, enumerating the "imperatives" of military authority
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