The Mask of Command: Alexander the Great, Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant, Hitler, and the Nature of Lea dership (Anglais) Broché – 4 octobre 1988
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In The Mask of Command, John Keegan asks us to consider questions that are seldom asked: What is the definition of leadership? What makes a great military leader? Why is it that men, indeed sometimes entire nations, follow a single leader, often to victory, but with equal dedication also to defeat?
Dozens of names come to mind...Napoleon, Lee, Charlemagne, Hannibal, Castro, Hussein. From a wide array, Keegan chooses four commanders who profoundly influenced the course of history: Alexander the Great, the Duke of Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant and Adolph Hitler. All powerful leaders, each cast in a different mold, each with diverse results.
“The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy
“A brilliant treatise on the essence of military leadership.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Fascinating and enlightening… marked by great intellectual liveliness… Mr. Keegan knows how to bring fighting alive on the page.” –The New York Times
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Concise and well written, "The Mask of Command" offers fascinating insights into military leadership over the ages. Keegan is always worth reading and this work is one of his best.
As other reviewers have stated perhaps the most interesting narrative was Hitler's. My area of interest does not usually fall to the World Wars, as I much prefer to learn about antiquity, but I found his to be the most enlightening and informative. It was refreshing also to learn about Hitler in his downtime, something I know is studied but have not really come across myself, and how he commanded the military of Germany. The idea that culture affects military actions is not an entirely new concept, even at the publishing of this book several decades ago, but it is one that many non-historians don't often think about. Getting specific examples of this is very enlightening. Also, I felt that of Keegan's books that I have read (Face of Battle and History of Warfare with plans to read many more) this is the most accesible and perhaps useful to those who arn't military buffs.
Four historical figures are chosen as examples for this study; we may dissent with the choice. I'm sure every reader will have a different list, if forced to select four characters among the enormous list of suitable candidates.
Each Commander is presented in his historical background: political and social circumstances; his staff and soldiers, his ideals and goals, his methods and resources.
Then each one is compared and confronted with the other subjects.
Here is where Mr. Keegan displays a very imaginative and didactical approach.
A deep insight into the commandeering skills of these forceful characters, separated in time and space, but very close to each other in the quests they have to solve.
A great book to be sure!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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