The Savior Generals
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 winner can easily become tomorrow's doomed loser. Sudden, sharp changes in fortune can reverse the course of war.
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THE SAVIOR GENERALS: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars that Were Lost, from Ancient Greece to IraqUser Review - Kirkus
An instructive series of portraits of five military outsiders called in to turn defeat into victory.Admittedly arbitrary, pro-Western and biased toward fighters of the "good" wars, these ... Read full review
I'm a huge fan of VDH. Carnage and Culture is a must read for any armchair historian. However, the central thesis of this book is fairly weak and his selection of generals (while self-supporting) does little to advance the core argument. The chapter on Themistocles was somewhat of a rehash of his chapter on Salamis in Carnage and Culture. The chapter on David Petraeus was hard to get thru given the current situation in Iraq and how the US gains there were erased. The chapter on Belisarius was quite good and probably the best part of the book. Overall, not his best effort. Glad I bought in paperback.