Masters of Command

Masters of Command : Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership

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Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar had to be not only generals but statesmen. And yet each was a battlefield commander, a strategist, a leader of men-in short, a warrior. Tactics change, weapons change, but the ultimate purpose of war remains much the same through the centuries, and a great warrior must know how to measure success. Publishers Weeklysaid: "No one presents the military history of the ancient world with greater insight and panache than Barry Strauss," and in Masters of Commandhe shows what these three great commanders can teach us today about ambition, leadership, branding, and more.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 212 x 24mm | 300g
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 20 b-w photos; 3 maps
  • 1439164495
  • 9781439164495
  • 256,425

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"Barry Strauss has done it again: Masters of Command combines the timeless wisdom of the classical world with the urgent realities of modern warfare. This is a stunning handbook to leadership-both on and off the battlefield." -- Nathaniel Fick, author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer "Barry Strauss has written a riveting, fast-paced, penetrating volume around three powerful war leaders-Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Caesar. While other classicists draw on ancient philosophers for lessons on the life well lived, Professor Strauss looks to men of action and determination for lessons on leadership and strategy. It's a great read, packed with terrific insights." -- Karl Rove "Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar-this is a book on leadership like no other. A rare combination of stirring dialogue, masterful ancient scholarship and sage advice-both lessons and warnings. Just as Asian corporate planners read Sun Tzu, Western entrepreneurs and strategic thinkers will want to read Masters of Command." -- Robert L. O'Connell, author of The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic "With Masters of Command, Barry Strauss further establishes himself as one of our premier historians of the classical world. Steeped in ancient learning and gifted with a clear, accessible writing style, he is able to shed new light on three of the most famous generals in history: Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar, teasing out fresh meaning and original insights from their epic tales of conquest and failure. There are lessons here not only for budding military strategists but also for 'great captains' of the boardroom... A crackling good read." -- Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, The Council on Foreign Relations, and author of War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Tod "Military historian Strauss cleverly exposes the characters of three legendary leaders through the five stages of war: attack, resistance, clash, closing the net and knowing when to stop... Strauss sharpens our image of three brilliant commanders and makes military history great fun." Kirkus Reviews "Barry Strauss has no superior and few counterparts as a scholar of ancient military history and a student of war." -- Dennis Showalter, former president, Society for Military History

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About Barry Strauss

Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell University, is a leading expert on ancient military history. He has written or edited several books, including The Battle of Salamis, The Trojan War, and The Spartacus War. Visit

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