The Lords of War

The Lords of War

Supreme Leadership from Lincoln to Churchill

Correlli Barnett

Publication date:
January 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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In this compelling study of leadership, Correlli Barnett examines the strengths and weaknesses of twenty leaders in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He examines how the difficulties they faced and the political and strategic backgrounds of their days and analyses how they performed and what they achieved. Were they successful, or were they beaten down by the burden of their roles?

His book considers men from very different backgrounds and from three continents in a range of modern conflicts from the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War. They range from statesmen like Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, to generals like Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas Haig, Erwin Rommel, Georgi Zhukov, Dwight Eisenhower and William Slim, to admirals lie Isoruku Yamamoto and Bertram Ramsey.

These leaders present fascinating contrasts of personal character, styles of leadership and sheer aptitude for command as well as contrasts in the daunting professional problems that challenged each of them.

In Lords of War Correlli Barnett yet again demolishes hallowed reputations and rehabilitates the unjustly scapegoated. His latest book confirms his reputation as a master in the field of strategic history.

Napoleon Bonaparte
Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant
Robert E. Lee
Helmuth, Graf von Moltke
Napoleon III
Joseph Joffre
Helmuth von Moltke the Younger
Douglas Haig
David Lloyd George
Philippe Pétain
Erich Ludendorff
Erwin Rommel
Isoruku Yamamoto
Arthur Harris
William Slim
Bertram Ramsay
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Georgi Zhukov
Adolf Hitler
Winston Churchill