The Mask Of Command: A Study of Generalship
The Mask of Command is about generals: who they are, what they do and how they affect the world we live in. Through portraits of four generals - archetypal hero Alexander the Great, anti-hero Wellington, the unheroic Ulysses S. Grant and the false heroic of Hitler - John Keegan propounds the view of heroism in warfare as inextricable linked with the political imperative of the age and place. He demonstrates how the role of the general alters with the ethos of the society that creates him and concludes that there is no place for heroism in a nuclear world.
The Mask of Command is a companion volume to John Keegan's classic study of the individual soldier, The Face of Battle: together they form a masterpiece of military and human history.
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Review: The Mask of Command: Alexander the Great, Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant, Hitler, and the Nature of LeadershipUser Review - Betty Cross - Goodreads
I read this book while writing the first draft of my fantasy novel Mistress of the Topaz. I learned a lot about the various types of military leadership, especially in ancient and Medieval warfare. Recommended for military history aficionados. Read full review
Review: The Mask of Command: Alexander the Great, Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant, Hitler, and the Nature of LeadershipUser Review - Adam Sylvester - Goodreads
Boring, generally irrelevant information. The writings of Grant are intriguing but the other three "leaders" (you can hardly call them leaders based on Keegan's writing) are band and offer little insight into model leadership. Way too much detail about unimportant issues. Read full review