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
“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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