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Acknowledgments vii Introduction 1 I. The Modern Originals: Frederick the Great (1713-1786) and Napoleon (1769-1821) 9 II. William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) 20 III. Stonewall Jackson (1824-1863) 33 IV. John Singleton Mosby (1833-1916) 52 V. Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888-1935): "Lawrence of Arabia" 69 VI. Archibald Percival Wavell (1883-1950) 89 VII. Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (1891-1945) 101 VIII. George S. Patton, Jr. (1885-1945) 112 IX. Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) 133 X. Erich von Manstein (1887-1973) 137 XI. Bernard Law Montgomery (1887-1976) 148 XII. William Joseph Slim (1891-1970) 158 XIII. Joseph Warren "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell (1883-1946) 168 XIV. Matthew Bunker Ridgway (1895-1993) 172 XV. Moshe Dayan (1915-1981) 180 XVI. Vo Nguyen Giap (1911- ) 193 XVII. Harold G. Moore (1924- ) 213 XVIII. Nicholas F. "Nick" Vaux (1936- ): Vaux and the Happy Warriors of 42 Commando 237 XIX. H. Norman Schwarzkopf (1934- ) 257 Conclusions 277 Notes 285 Index 337

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The man makes the book. The man is Owen Connelly, a serious student of war and an experienced soldier-leader. His book On War and Leadership will serve for many years as a valuable reference for scholars and a vital source of inspiration and instruction for practitioners. It is a real gem. -- Harold R. Winton, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base Owen Connelly, who combines front-line military experience with a long and distinguished academic career as a scholar of the Napoleonic Wars, is well qualified to edit an anthology on this surprisingly neglected subject. Having this material in one place is itself a significant contribution to scholarship. -- Dennis Showalter, author of "History in Dispute" and "The Wars of Frederick the Great" Owen Connelly is a thoughtful and interesting scholar. Here he offers the reflections of combat leaders, allowing executives to compare their management and leadership ideas with those of military masters. It can be recommended to a popular audience. -- Jeremy Black, author of "War and the Worlds "and "Why Wars Happen"

About the Author

Owen Connelly is the McKissick Dial Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. An ex-captain of U.S. Army Rangers, he did two years' duty in the Korean War and was later executive officer of the Rangers' Amphibious and Jungle Warfare Training Camp in Florida. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in 1989 and 1995. His many books include "Napoleon's Satellite Kingdoms", "The Gentle Bonaparte", "The Epoch of Napoleon", "Blundering to Glory", and the widely used text "French Revolution and Napoleonic Era."


"A superb and thought-provoking primer from masters of the art of command on the timeless elements of leadership that can be followed to help overcome any adversity."--Military Heritage "This book has a rich compilation of leadership traits, characteristics, and principles that some of the great battle captains of the past have adhered to. It provides an exceptional reference for comparison for officers toady."--Major General Harry W. Jenkins, Marine Corps Gazette "Owen Connelly has done us a favor by scouring the writings of the world's foremost warrior-leaders and presenting their thoughts in one well-connected volume."--John S. Chilstrom, Air Power History "This is an excellent book... This is a book that is a pleasure to read, not simply dip into. It is an excellent choice for anyone interested in command and leadership of troops. It also would be a useful addition to any military history course covering the past two centuries."--Ronald L. Spiller, Journal of Military History

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