Of the thousands of commanders who served in history’s armies, why is it that only a few are remembered as great leaders of men in battle? What combination of personal and circumstantial influences conspire to produce great commanders? What makes a great leader great? Richard A Gabriel analyses the biographies of ten great generals who lived between 1481 BC and AD 632 in an attempt to identify the characteristics of intellect, psychology, personality, and experience that allowed them to tread the path to greatness.
GREAT GENERALS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
Using antiquity’s great commanders as study cases this is a fascinating introduction to the nature of warfare and the conditions that determined its successful conduct,. It is a useful starting point for anyone interested in the military history of this period(s). Professor Gabriel has selected the ten commanders whom he believes to be the greatest of them all. Those included, and more so those omitted, will surprise many readers. Conspicuous by their absence, for example, are Alexander the Great and Attila the Hun.