In Great Commanders, Davis turns his attention to military leaders from throughout history who stand out for their abilities - indeed, individuals who were destined for success or even born to command, challenging the prevailing view that movements, rather than individuals, have determined the progression of history. In short, this is unapologetically Great Man history. Each chapter opens with a brief biography that reveals or outlines the subject's character, followed by an overview of the methods of warfare of his time. A concise overview of each subject's military career leads to a more in-depth look at the battles that reveal precisely how each commander was able to achieve victory, often against great odds. Finally, Davis analyzes each individual's contribution to tactical warfare and offers an assessment of how his personality shaped his leadership style.
Paul K. Davis is a senior scientist and Research Leader at RAND and a Professor of Policy Analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His many books include Besieged and 100 Decisive Battles: From Ancient Times to the Present, published by Oxford University Press, as well as Deterrence and Influence in Counterterrorism: A Component in the War on Al Qaeda, published by the RAND corporation.
Table of Contents ; Chapter 1: Alexander (356-323 BC) ; Chapter 2: HAN XIN (?-196 BC) ; Chapter 3: HANNIBAL (247-182 BC) ; Chapter 4: PUBLIUS CORNELIUS SCIPIO AFRICANUS (235-183 BC) ; Chapter 5: BELISARIUS (505?-568) ; Chapter 6: CHINGGIS KHAN (1162?-1227) ; Chapter 7: JAN ZIZKA (1360?-1424) ; Chapter 8: ODA NOBUNAGA (1534-1582) ; Chapter 9: GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS (1594-1632) ; Chapter 10: JOHN CHURCHILL, DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH (1650-1722) ; Chapter 11: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (April 29, 1769-1852) ; Chapter 12: NAPOLEON BONAPARTE (August 15, 1769-1821) ; Chapter 13: Lessons Learned