Academic journal article Military Review

ON WAR AND LEADERSHIP: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf

Academic journal article Military Review

ON WAR AND LEADERSHIP: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf

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ON WARAND LEADERSHIP: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf, Owen Connelly, Princeton University Press, NJ, 2002, 347 pages, $29.95.

In On War and Leadership'. The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf, Owen Connelly captures the words of 20 combat commanders and military leaders from the past 250 years, from Frederick the Great and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to Field Marshal Erich von Manstein and 1st Viscount William Joseph Slim to lieutenant General Harold Moore and General Norman Schwarzkopf. The book is an excellent anthology of the thoughts and leadership philosophy of 20 "muddy boots leaders" in recent history. Connelly focuses on the common beliefs these men held in terms of leadership and warfighting. The common threads he stresses are the necessity of personal and upfront leadership; taking care of and understanding soldiers; and the value of improvisation on the battlefield.

Although Connelly uncovers no new or previously unpublished thoughts from these leaders (most are from previously published memoirs and biographies), he does package their views well. …

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