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Read ï The Savior Generals ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ô Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to non fiction in The Savior Generals a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals who single handedly saved their nations from defeat in war War is rarely a predictable enterprise it iWinner can easily become tomorrow's doomed loser Sudden sharp changes in fortune can reverse the course of warThese intractable circumstances are sometimes mastered by leaders of genius asked at the eleventh hour to save a hopeless conflict created by others often unpopular with politics and the public These savior genera. It's important not to let an important historical argument be overshadowed by an authors'readers' political identity or sensitivity Savior Generals examines the role of human agency in the context of consensual societies throughout human military history I think Dr Hanson generally succeeds in his efforts to illustrate and uantify the contributions of human leadership to an audience that often overlooks individual capacity and contribution The section on William Tecumseh Sherman was particularly elucidating and interesting He makes the connection between Sherman's march to Atlanta and then to the Sea; which boosted Northern morale and saved Lincoln politically This in turn kept anti war Northerners and Copperheads out of the White House and helped win the war Having said this some of his secondary assertions need additional evidence and discussion A must read for military historians or any history buffs

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Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to non fiction in The Savior Generals a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals who single handedly saved their nations from defeat in war War is rarely a predictable enterprise it is a mess of luck chance and incalculable variables Today's sure. Excellent oversee to the pivotal role these Generals held And the dire dire politics and logistic situations surrounding themI wish the Sherman section could be read by all students of American HistoryLincoln was ultimately hated than Trump and barely got his own party's nomination for his reelection bid of 1864 He was called every foul and despicable name often preceded by baboon and to his face by his own cabinet and a general or two McClellan tried to nab the Republican nomination for his reelection process and almost did while his plan was ending the war with slavery allowed in the west At the same exact time Mary Lincoln Todd was embezzling government funds and both were near insane and erratic to massively depressed depending on the day from their sons' deaths And the horrific splits in the politico makes that the easy part to explain about Lincoln in 1863 64 He was despised All of you who see war as the ultimate evil would detest Lincoln even today He knew it was the only way to continue with the sword or a worse alternative evil would triumph And Sherman was a uirky 100 different jobs and scruffy past way past his prime man But he saw a way The sections on Sherman and Petraeus are a full 5 star The other 3 are at least a 4 Ridgeway I barely remember but the fact that there is a South Korea at all it is due to him When I read some of the other reviews for this book after I myself had read it They have missed the entire point with Petraeus as they have swallowed whole the carefully carefully taught anti W propaganda All the generals and FBICIA insisted there was reason and that the WMD existed It was NOT all W's misinformation It was not impossible to win either It still is notSome of his wider material about the after life of generals was also a full 5 stars

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The Savior GeneralsLs often come from outside the established power structure employ radical strategies and flame out uickly Their careers often end in controversy But their dramatic feats of leadership are vital slices of history not merely as stirring military narrative but as lessons on the dynamic nature of consensus leadership and desti. There is one common thread one that the author chooses not to recognize in all of these various stories of savior generals who were able to salvage wars that were thought of as lost  In all of these cases we are dealing with military situations that were lost or at least imperiled in a political sense and not necessarily in a military sense  As a result four of these five generals end up being from republican regimes and the fifth one was a general in the Byzantine Empire which was notorious for seeking to act ambitiously with its military to an extent beyond most other empires of their time or any time really  As a result this particular book explores those leaders who were not themselves autocratic leaders of a regime who saved war efforts that looked lost like say Frederick the Great of Prussia but rather were generals who were accountable to leaders and not only had to win but win in a way that was politically acceptable  This is something that the author appears not to take into consideration and he of course biases his account even by looking at only Western generals although some Chinese generals would have met the bill as well as his Western options didThis book is about 250 pages long and is divided into five chapters that deal with five generals and their supposed role as savior  The author begins with a prologue and then ends with an epilogue acknowledgements notes bibliography and index that help to frame the author's thinking about the ualities of a savior general without thinking enough about the ualities of the situation that needed saving in the first place  The author first talks about Themistocles and talks about how he was able to persuade the Athenians to fight on sea despite having their city burned twice and about what this meant for his future career as well as what future political leaders of Athens did to prevent that sort of event from happening again 1  After that the author talks about the wars of Belisarius in Persia and Italy in particular and how it was that he never fully had the confidence of Justinian despite or because of his obvious military talent 2  After that the author discusses three American generals William T Sherman 3 Matthew Ridgeway 4 and David Patraeus 5 and how they managed to turn defeat into draws or victories in the Civil War Korean War and Ira War respectivelyIn examining what made these various wars lost and what the author considers turning these wars around a few conclusions can be drawn  For one some of these wars were a bit ill advised from the start and lacked a certain amount of legitimacy  That can certainly be said of the war in Ira but it can also be said of the invasion of Italy and certainly of the attempt to move beyond the 39th parallel in Korea in the face of China's express warnings that they would intervene as they did  In most of these cases the wars were almost lost because of considerable mistakes in how they were fought not because the wars were entirely unwinnable from a conventional standpoint  The Civil War is a case in point where winning the war with a minimum of casualties was certainly important because there was an election not because the war was in fact lost  It was the election that was in peril not the Union war effort by that time  The author seems not to be as sure in his grasp of political history as of military history and in a book like this that is a serious shortcoming