Heroes & Villains: Inside the Minds of the Greatest Warriors in History

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Penguin Random House, 2007 - Command of troops - 384 pages
In the history of warfare, an elite group of men have attained almost legendary status through their courage, ambition and unrivalled military genius. In WARRIORS, acclaimed historian Frank McLynn focuses on six of the most powerful and magnetic leaders of all time- Spartacus, Atilla the Hun, Richard the Lionheart, Cort's, the Shogun and Napoleon. How did these mortal men rise to positions of seemingly invincible power? What were the motives, the personal strengths and sometimes weaknesses that drove them to achieve what no one else dared?In six powerful portraits, McLynn brilliantly evokes the critical moments when each of these warriors proved themselves in battle, changing their own lives, the destiny of their people and, in some cases, the history of the world. We discover what drove Spartacus to take on the might of Rome against incredible odds, and how the young Napoleon rose to power in dramatic fashion at the Siege of Toulon.WARRIORS is more than a collection of individual biographies. By examining the psychologies of these extraordinary men, McLynn builds up a convincing profile of the ultimate warrior. Accompanying a major BBC television series, this brilliant book takes us into the minds of the greatest warriors in history.

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About the author (2007)

Frank McLynn is a highly respected historian, who specializes in biographies and military history. He has over 20 books to his name, including critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon and Richard the Lionheart. Other books include 1066, Stanleyand 1759. Frank is a graduate of Wadham College Oxford and London University, where he obtained his doctorate.

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