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Taking us from the French Revolution to the Cold War and the Falklands, Andrew Roberts presents us with a bracingly honest and insightful look at nine major figures in modern history: Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, George C. Marshall, Charles de Gaulle, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Margaret Thatcher.  

Each of these leaders fundamentally shaped the outcome of the war their nation was embroiled in. How were they alike, and in what ways did they differ? Was their war leadership unique, or did these leaders have something in common, traits and techniques that transcend time and place and can be applied to the fundamental nature of conflict?  

Meticulously researched and compellingly written, Leadership in War presents listeners with fresh, complex portraits of leaders who approached war with different tactics and different weapons, but with the common goal of success in the face of battle. Both inspiring and cautionary, these portraits offer important lessons on leadership in times of struggle. With his trademark verve and incisive observation, Roberts reveals the qualities that doom even the most promising leaders to failure and the qualities that lead to victory.

©2019 Andrew Roberts (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • 22-05-2020

Excellent book, well read bar one irritant

Andrew Roberts is consistently excellent, at once erudite and entertaining. If you haven't already delved more deeply into some of his books and subjects (notably Napoleon, Churchill and WW2), you will want to after this. Even for those of us who have, it was pleasing and enlightening to hear him connect and compare these leaders and many others to whom he refers to or draws upon. The narration is also excellent, marred only by the annoying BBC-imitating punctuation of words like command, ask, last etc to rhyme with the (UK English) pronunciation of pasta.

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