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On War and Leadership by Owen Connelly

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Introduction

THIS IS an anthology of the thoughts on leadership of combat commanders—twenty in all—over the past 250 years. Their written (or spoken) words are quoted from primary sources—translated where necessary. They are Western leaders, save Vo Nguyen Giap (a North Vietnamese general) and perhaps Moshe Dayan (an Israeli commander but European in culture and training). The views of warriors may help balance the scale of military thought, which, since the fall of Napoleon, has been tipped heavily toward theory by a surfeit of books, beginning with Carl von Clausewitz’s Vom Kriege (1832)1 and Antoine de Jomini’s Pr´écis de l’art de la guerre (1838).2

This collection should allow historians in general to try to discern (or divine) the commanders’ ...

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