How Great Generals Win

How Great Generals Win If a key to military victory is to get there first with the most the true test of the great general is to decide where there is the enemy s Achilles heel Here is a narrative account of decisive engag

  • Title: How Great Generals Win
  • Author: Bevin Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780393323160
  • Page: 386
  • Format: Paperback
  • If a key to military victory is to get there first with the most, the true test of the great general is to decide where there is the enemy s Achilles heel Here is a narrative account of decisive engagements that succeeded by brilliant strategy than by direct force The reader accompanies those who fought, from Roman legionaries and Mongol horsemen to Napoleonic sIf a key to military victory is to get there first with the most, the true test of the great general is to decide where there is the enemy s Achilles heel Here is a narrative account of decisive engagements that succeeded by brilliant strategy than by direct force The reader accompanies those who fought, from Roman legionaries and Mongol horsemen to Napoleonic soldiery, American Civil War Rebels and Yankees, World War I Tommies, Lawrence of Arabia s bedouins, Chinese revolutionaries, British Desert Rats, Rommel s Afrika Korps, and Douglas MacArthur s Inchon invaders However varied their weapons, the soldiers of all these eras followed a commander who faced the same obstacles and demonstrated the strategic and tactical genius essential for victory All warfare is based on deception, wrote Sun Tzu in The Art of War in 400 BCE Bevin Alexander shows how great generals have interpreted this advice, and why it still holds true today.

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    About "Bevin Alexander"

    1. Bevin Alexander

      Bevin Alexander is an American military historian and author He served as an officer during the Korean War as part of the 5th Historical Detachment His book Korea The First War We Lost was largely influenced by his experiences during the war Bevin has served as a consultant and adviser to several groups due to his military expertise, including work for the Rand Corporation, work as a consultant for military simulations instituted by the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and as director of information at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia He was formerly on the president s staff as director of information at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va and is a retired adjunct professor of history at Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia.

    866 thoughts on “How Great Generals Win”

    1. A very enjoyable read, this book traces military history, tactics and most especially grand tactics from the Ancient age to the middle of the last Century. Starting with Scipio Africanus, and covering Napoleon, Sherman, Guderian and Mao,among others, before ending with MacArthur, Alexander gives us the Great Captains and their finest military moves. The author set the scene with a quick discussion of the day and then gives a quick description of the General and his masterpiece, singular battle o [...]


    2. Read for political science class, and it was really interesting. A little dry- somewhat bland. Some chapters were more interesting then others. Meh.


    3. 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."


    4. As a student of military history and retired Army Logistics officer, I enjoyed Bevin Alexander's walk through history. He is absolutely correct in his summary, that throughout history great generals have sought to mystify, mislead, and surprise the enemy. And the most successful generals did it well.I think he used a good survey of battles across history, though it would have been nice to see reference made to either Dien Bien Phu or some of the Vietnam War battles. Overall, I found the book a g [...]


    5. This is a dense book. It is written by a military historian for Military minds. As an avid reader there were certain perspectives I had never seen that Alexander expounded on. His chapter on Moa Zedong was fascinating, inspiring me to read up more into Chinese history. Great book that gives brief histories of important military events.



    6. All military encounters are an exercise in maximizing one's own strengths while exploiting the enemy's weaknesses--a concept nearly as abstract and reductive as it is axiomatic and obtuse. How exactly military leaders go about maximizing and minimizing is where the concept breaks down for it has surely as many iterations as there are wars, cultures that fight them and generals to conduct them. The premise of this survey of military history is that deception is the fundamental tool of military le [...]


    7. Excellent book. One of my new favorites.Notice that most reviewers have a strong cultural bias, personally I was surprised the American civil war would even find a place in a review of great generals, but like the situation in Korea, I suppose it was used because of the depth of good supporting literature available. The reviews of Hannibal, Scipio, Kahn and Mao were each fantastic. I'm surprised Timur wasn't included amongst the great generals though.The great general is like Janus.One face is s [...]


    8. "How Great Generals Win," is a study of tactics, the rules of war and how they were put in to practice by great generals. The major rules covered are: operating on the line of least expectation and least resistance, maneuvering onto the rear of the enemy, occupying the central position, following a 'plan with branches' (attacking from different directions and switching attacks from one line of advance to another) and making convergent tactical blows.The actions covered with which the author illu [...]


    9. Bevin Alexander's thesis is clear, succinct, and basically uncontroversial: great generals win by taking the path of least resistance and least expectation, enabling them to concentrate their greatest strength against their opponent's greatest weakness. To support his thesis, Alexander describes the campaigns of some of history's most brilliant military captains, including Napoleon, Stonewall Jackson, and Heinz Guderian. Alexander stresses the importance of avoiding a direct frontal assault, sin [...]


    10. This book is staying in the section of my library mentally marked "How to kick rear end."Unlike other books, this one correctly captures the nature of leadership as more than just something you can do. To be really audacious, the great general must take on the two-faced Janus nature. Perhaps more faces than that are necessary to get the job done depending on the situation. This book also correctly deals with the political contexts and how great leaders are often unrecognized until it is too late [...]


    11. I learned about a number of conflicts about which I have never read before. I couldn't have told you the first thing about Genghis Khan and the Mongols until reading this book. Ditto for T.E. Lawrence in Palestine. Alexander is fairly clear in his explanations. That said, he tries a little too hard to bang every chapter into his framework, which is that great generals: (1) never assault an enemy frontally unless they have to do so; (2) succeed by flanking movements that end up on the enemy's rea [...]


    12. Nice showcase of various battles through history and to some extent the author's interpretation. Seems like some stupid decisions made by governments could be entirely avoided had they done an in-depth (often "cold") analysis of an adversary and I did a quick check on wiki out of curiosity to see if he is either an adviser to planners in either government or military. (It would appear he is not.)Would however note that I do not find it the least bit ironic that an innovator, such as Hannibal, wo [...]


    13. Thoroughly enjoyable and immensely informative. A relatively fair and balanced perspective on the generals who are examined. For the most part this book refrains from hero worship and instead demonstrates their military genius with clear examples. Many great generals and their campaigns are missing, and those included aren't critiqued on battles or campaigns they lost. Apart from MacArthur, and this is only because the author experienced first hand how arrogant and self assured he was in Korea, [...]


    14. Fascinating book about strategy and tactics employed by some of history's greatest captains of war. From Hannibal to MacArthur the author explains their genial concept of how to defeat an enemy. Except for MacArthur the author however does not go into great detail of how these geniuses got defeated (for example he only talks about Napoleon's Italy campaign, and not about Waterloo or the Russian campaign)I would like to have seen in the book explained how by diverging from their principles these [...]


    15. Bevin Alexander is an interesting fellow. He's a skillful and engaging writer of history. This book is filled with history's most proficient, intelligent and capable military leaders from Hannibal Barca to Douglas MacArthur. There are maps, descriptions of weapons, terrain, tactics and battle plans. BA even goes so far as to explain why he excludes certain generals such as U. S. Grant and Robert E. Lee from the line-up. I'm surprised it took me this long to finish a book this good but I've been [...]


    16. Alexander draws out key behaviors of victorious generals from Roman times to the Korean War. He focuses on 10 generals and highlights specific campaigns that featured or emphasized one or more of the key behaviors. This is a clear and direct piece of scholarship. Some of the maps in the book were less helpful than they could have been.


    17. This book tries to seem like it's unconvential by picking generals outside the norm. Instead of Lee it's Jackson. Instead of Grant, Sherman. Not really going out on a limb there. It also minimizes the accomplishments of Grant and Lee (among others).


    18. Barred from a 4 based on it's overly dry approach to battle movements. Most interesting part of the book was footnotes on the evolution of battle and war technology. Would recommend to the right person.


    19. It was a pretty interesting book about strategies generals use to win battles. In most of the chapters, I enjoyed the introduction and the conclusion. I felt that sometimes in the middle of the chapter gets bogged down in the details.



    20. 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.


    21. 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.


    22. 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.


    23. it had a great thesis, but organised by case study rather than theme in order to tell more long strategy narratives that makes military history literary xanax.


    24. 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.



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