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Gods of War
History's Greatest Military Rivals
By (author): James Lacey By (author): Williamson Murray
9780345547552 Hardcover English General Trade HISTORY / Military / General May 19, 2020
$42.00 CAD
Active 6.41 x 9.52 x 1.36 in | 1.6 lb 416 pages 8 MAPS THROUGHOUT; 24 B&W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT Bantam Dell Bantam
Hannibal vs. Scipio. Grant vs. Lee. Rommel vs. Patton. The greatest battles, commanders, and rivalries of all time come to life in this engrossing guide to the geniuses of military history.

Gods of War is the first single-volume, in-depth examination of the most celebrated military rivalries of all time, and of the rare, world-changing battles in which the greatest commanders in history matched themselves against true equals.

Any meeting of genius may create sparks, but when martial geniuses meet, their confrontations are fought out upon the vast panorama of states or civilizations at war, wielding the full destructive power of a mighty nation’s armies. When such power is directed by a “God of War,” the results are almost always stunning. From Caesar and Pompey deciding the fate of the Roman Republic, to Grant and Lee battling for a year during the American Civil War, to Rommel and Patton meeting in battle after battle as Hitler strove for European domination, these match-ups and their corresponding strategies are among the most memorable in history.

A thrilling look into both the generals’ lives and their hardest fought battles, Gods of War is also a thought-provoking analysis of the qualities that make a strong commander and a deep exploration of the historical context in which the contestants were required to wage war, all told with rousing narrative flair.

FASCINATING CHARACTERS: The authors have selected the following rival pairs: Hannibal vs. Scipio, Caesar vs. Pompey, Richard I vs. Saladin, Napoleon vs. Wellington, Grant vs. Lee, and Rommel vs. Patton and Montgomery.

NEW INSIGHTS: Gods of War is a path-breaking work that is the first book to compare the martial genius of history’s greatest generals in a single volume.

RENOWNED MILITARY HISTORIANS and MILITARY VETERANS: Having served more than a dozen years on active duty as an infantry officer and recently retired from the Army Reserves, Lacey has been a widely published analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C., with sources and connections at the highest levels of military circles. He is a full-time staff member at the Marine Corps War College. Lacey was an embedded journalist with Time magazine during the invasion of Iraq, where he traveled with the 101st Airborne Division. He is also regularly published in Military History Magazine, Military History Quarterly, and the Journal of Military History. Dr. Williamson Murray is a revered military historian who has taught at the Air War College, the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, and the Naval War College and has held the distinguished Horner Chair at the Marine Corps University. He is also a professor emeritus of Ohio State University, and the author of over a dozen well-regarded books on military history.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Lacey’s The First Clash (Bantam, 3/11) was a New York Times bestseller.

INCLUDES MAPS WITH BATTLE FORMATIONS AND PHOTOS/ILLUSTRATIONS

In addition to their co-written Moment of Battle, James Lacey is the author most recently of The Washington War: FDR’s Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War II and The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization, and is a widely published defense analyst who has written for Time, National Review, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. He currently teaches at the Marine Corps War College.

Williamson Murray is the author of a wide selection of articles and books, including, with Allan Millett, the acclaimed A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War, and has held numerous distinguished academic chairs. He is presently a defense analyst at the Potomac Institute and teaches at the Naval War College.

Author Residence: Northern Virginia

Author Hometown: Lacey: Brooklyn, NY Murray: New York, NY

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Gods of War presents an ideal pairing of famous military opponents in history, especially their complementary strengths and weaknesses and what dramatic circumstances made them face each other at decisive moments. Anyone who thinks we already know the stories and have fully read the minds of great commanders such as Napoleon and Wellington, Grant and Lee, Hannibal and Scipio, Caesar and Pompey, Richard I and Saladin, and Patton and Rommel, will be surprised and fascinated. Reminiscent of the classic Plutarch’s Lives from the Greeks and Romans but rightly including modern commanders, Lacey’s and Murray’s keen insights are carefully drawn from lifelong military experience and well thought-out analyses. Famous battle outcomes are thus familiar yet often novel, even in appreciation of the long and comprehensive literature of military history. The quick pace but panoramic view hold our attention rapt.”—Patrick Hunt, author of Hannibal and Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History
 
“This compelling study of military leadership analyzes history’s most prominent generals, who fought each other in major campaigns and battles dating from the third century B.C. to World War II. In a key finding, the operational and tactical brilliance of such commanders as Hannibal, Napoleon, Robert E. Lee, and Erwin Rommel could not overcome their strategic failures in confrontations with Scipio, Wellington, Grant, or the Allied commanders in the 1940s, who had a better grasp of strategy.”—James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

“A stylish and intriguing survey of showdowns between ‘military geniuses’ …Brisk recaps of the Battle of Arsuf in the Third Crusade, the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805, and Grant’s Overland Campaign in the Civil War, among other clashes, include colorful details and memorable quotations from the outsize personalities involved…. Military history buffs will be enthralled.”Publishers Weekly

“[An] expert mixture of lively nuts-and-bolts descriptions of combat and opinions on why some legendary generals won their wars and others did not.Kirkus Reviews

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