What can we learn about leadership and the experience of war from the best combat leaders the world has ever known? This book takes us behind the scenes and to the front lines of the major wars of the past 250 years through the words of twenty combat commanders. What they have to say--which is remarkably similar across generational, national, and ideological divides--is a fascinating take on military history by those who lived it. It is also worthwhile reading for anyone, from any walk of life, who makes executive decisions.
The leaders showcased here range from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf. They include such diverse figures as Napoleon Bonaparte, commanders on both sides of the Civil War (William Tecumseh Sherman and Stonewall Jackson), German and American World War II generals (Rommel and Patton), a veteran of the Arab-Israeli wars (Moshe Dayan), and leaders from both sides of the Vietnam War (Vo Nguyen Giap and Harold Moore). What they have had in common is an unrivaled understanding of the art of command and a willingness to lead from the front. All earned the respect and loyalty of those they led--and moved them to risk death.
The practices of these commanders apply to any leadership situation, whether military, business, political, athletic, or other. Their words reveal techniques for anticipating the competition, leading through example, taking care of the "troops," staying informed, turning bad luck to advantage, improvising, and making bold decisions.
Leader after leader emphasizes the importance of up-front "muddy boots" leadership and reveals what it takes to persevere and win. Identifying a pattern of proven leadership, this book will benefit anyone who aspires to lead a country, a squadron, a company, or a basketball team. It is a unique distillation of two and a half centuries of military wisdom.
Table of Contents
- Chapter I The Modern Originals: Frederick the Great (1713ߞ1786) and Napoleon (1769ߞ1821)
- Chapter II William Tecumseh Sherman (1820ߞ1891)
- Chapter III Stonewall Jackson (1824ߞ1863)
- Chapter IV John Singleton Mosby (1833ߞ1916)
- Chapter V Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888ߞ1935):“Lawrence of Arabia”
- Chapter VI Archibald Percival Wavell (1883ߞ1950)
- Chapter VII Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (1891ߞ1945)
- Chapter VIII George S. Patton, Jr. (1885ߞ1945)
- Chapter IX Charles de Gaulle (1890ߞ1970)
- Chapter X Erich von Manstein (1887ߞ1973)
- Chapter XI Bernard Law Montgomery (1887ߞ1976)
- Chapter XII William Joseph Slim (1891ߞ1970)
- Chapter XIII Joseph Warren “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell (1883ߞ1946)
- Chapter XIV Matthew Bunker Ridgway (1895ߞ1993)
- Chapter XV Moshe Dayan (1915ߞ1981)
- Chapter XVI Vo Nguyen Giap (1911ߞ )
- Chapter XVII Harold G. Moore (1924ߞ )
- XVIII Nicholas F. “Nick” Vaux (1936ߞ ): Vaux and the Happy Warriors of 42 Commando
- XIX H. Norman Schwarzkopf (1934ߞ )
- Title: On War and Leadership
- Release date: January 2009
- Publisher(s): Princeton University Press
- ISBN: 9781400825165