The Generalship Of Alexander The Great

The Generalship Of Alexander The Great In a brief and meteoric life BC the greatest of all conquerors redirected the course of world history Alexander the Great accomplished this feat with a small army no than men and a cons

  • Title: The Generalship Of Alexander The Great
  • Author: J.F.C. Fuller
  • ISBN: 9780306813306
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a brief and meteoric life 356 323 BC the greatest of all conquerors redirected the course of world history Alexander the Great accomplished this feat with a small army no than 40,000 men and a constellation of bold, revolutionary ideas about the conduct of war and the nature of government In a style both clear and witty, Fuller imparts the many sides to AlexandIn a brief and meteoric life 356 323 BC the greatest of all conquerors redirected the course of world history Alexander the Great accomplished this feat with a small army no than 40,000 men and a constellation of bold, revolutionary ideas about the conduct of war and the nature of government In a style both clear and witty, Fuller imparts the many sides to Alexander s genius and the full extent of his empire, stretching from India to Egypt.

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    1. This is divided into two main parts: a short biography of Alexander, and an analysis of his major acts of warfare and of his generalship . Part one was not great. Fuller had some biases that kept bleeding out into his conclusions. Part two was very thoughtful and analytical. I liked his step-by-step walk throughs of the battles and sieges. Nice.

    2. The Generalship of Alexander the Great is not primarily a biography but rather, as the title indicates, an analysis of the Macedonian's generalship and statesmanship. Writing "the art of war was the same in Alexander's day as it is now" J. F. C. Fuller presents the campaigns and policies of the Macedonian as examples from which to derive useful lessons. At the Camberley Staff College he used Alexander's operations as lesson material and argues "had statesmen and generals-in-chief been acquainte [...]

    3. I feel like a bit of a fool giving this just two stars, as it is an acknowledged classic, and I did not read the whole thing. In some ways I could not bring myself to do so. After his general sketch, Fuller's narrative gets way too technical for me, though I admit that others might enjoy this style. I confess also that his near adoration of Alexander annoyed me. I can understand having a generally positive view of a complicated man. But Fuller ends up explaining away even his worst deeds, like t [...]

    4. This was a five star book for the detailed and rich maps of battle plans, and the beautiful categorization of the different sorts of attacks Alexander did. I've never seen a book discuss this before so clearly. What I didn't like was the tone of the author: he idolizes Alexander, and refuses to believe he could do anything wrong. Every cruel act Alexander committed, he dismisses as necessary or fiction. Without evidence! He even says that Alexander's relationships with men are fictional, and mad [...]

    5. This book took a bit of effort to get through, but in the end it was well worth the effort. Of particular interest, in the context of America's difficulties in the Middle East, were Fuller's observations of the statesmanship of Alexander the Great. While Alexander's abilities as a warrior are undoubted, his conquests were made possible by his nuanced treatment of his former enemies once the latter were vanquished. Of interest was Fuller's assertion that victory in war is not an end in itself, bu [...]

    6. Very thorough description of the Great Alex and his endless quest to pacify the world. Tactics to grand strategy, this book has it all.

    7. A wonderful step by step description of Alexander the great strategy and leadership. I enjoyed very much and it showed me the grandure of the man.

    8. This is a really old fashioned kind of book, with a lot of musing about manly heroism and the "brotherhood of great captains." It's also a good history of its kind, depicting a reasonable reconstruction of the events of Alexander's reign with due regard to the reliability of sources and an acknowledgment of the uncertainty inherent in peering back to classical times. Fuller loses me sometimes in the nitty gritty of tactics, but he clearly demonstrates how Alexander's tactics, strategy, and polit [...]

    9. This biography is as the title suggests limited to the military achievements of Alexander the Great. It is after-all through his military campaigns and conquests that we are chiefly aware of Alexander. His conquest of Persia and its subsequent Hellenization have had enormous and far-reaching effects on world history. Written by one of the foremost military thinkers and historians of the early 20th Century, it is naturally well written and thoroughly researched. Fuller details Alexanders' profici [...]

    10. An excellent assessment of the military style and brilliance of Alexander the Great. Fuller writes with a great deal of authority not only as a military man, but also as a cavalry officer able to describe the efficacy of a cavalry charge (and the fear it instills) from personal experience. His analyses of Alexander's battles are very clear so that even a layman can follow them. Be warned, however, that his views are not universally accepted. Still he presents reasonable assessments of the engage [...]

    11. The BEST book on Alexander the Great ever written. I have read at least 4 other books on him, and other segments in books discussing this figure. As the author says, his experience as a leader of soldiers in WW2, he can understand the particulars of Alexander's military achievements and the difficulties he encountered. Alexander's fame as caused people to emphasise minor aspects of his personality which might concern him, but most of all, Alexander was a general on a mission, which this author e [...]

    12. This book does an excellent job setting the context, by giving relevant Greek and Macedonian history, a good overview of Phillip's reign, shrewd politicking and development of an unsurpassed army. I wish I would have read at least the introductory part of this book before commencing Arrian's narrative.

    13. I did not enjoy the way that the book was organized, but aside from that this is the kind of thought provoking work I've come to expect out of Fuller. Definitely not a book to begin reading about Alexander with, more for those who have some background on the subject.

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