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Book Note: John Keegan, The Mask of Command

I read this book about 18-Feb-2005. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1987. This note was last modified Monday, 21-Feb-2005 20:14:49 PST.

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Non-fiction (there are probably people in the world who haven't already recognized the author and title on this one, I guess), a study of military command. He talks in some detail about the command styles of Alexander, Wellington, Grant, and Hitler, and then does some summing up.

I found the historical studies more interesting than the summing up. The historical studies were fascinating, though. I'd say he largely views Alexander and Hitler as failures as commanders (or at least deeply flawed), and Wellington and Grant as successes. And he brings me to agree. Can't ask more than that, can I?

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