Soul of Battle From Ancient Times to the Present Day, How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny

ISBN-10: 0385720599

ISBN-13: 9780385720595

Edition: 1999 (Reprint)

Authors: Victor Davis Hanson

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Victor David Hanson, author of the highly regarded classic The Western Way of War, presents an audacious and controversial theory of what contributes to the success of military campaigns. Examining in riveting detail the campaigns of three brilliant generals who led largely untrained forces to victory over tyrannical enemies, Hanson shows how the moral confidence with which these generals imbued their troops may have been as significant as any military strategy they utilized. Theban general Epaminondas marched an army of farmers two hundred miles to defeat their Spartan overlords and forever change the complexion of Ancient Greece. William Tecumseh Sherman led his motley army across the South, ravaging the landscape and demoralizing the citizens in the defense of right. And George S. Patton commanded the recently formed Third Army against the German forces in the West, nearly completing the task before his superiors called a halt. Intelligent and dramatic, The Soul of Battle is narrative history at it’s best and a work of great moral conviction.
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Victor Davis Hanson is the military historian who is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He has written several popular books on classic warfare, including "The Other Greeks", "Who Killed Homer?", & "The Western Way of War". He lives in Selma, California.

List of Maps and Illustrations
Veomen of Thebes: Epaminondas's Descent Into the Peloponnese, Winter-Spring, 370-369 B.C.
"The Dancing Floor of War"
"The Boeotian Pig"
"The Fairest and Most Level Ground"
"The Thebans Are Mightier in War"
"Princeps Graeciae"
"An Altogether Cruel and Bitter Condition"
"An Unravaged and Inviolate Land"
"Nature Has Made No Man a Slave"
"And All of Greece Became Independent and Free"
The Army of the West: Sherman's March to the Sea, November 16-December 21, 1864
The Python's Parade (Washington, D.C., May 24, 1865)
The Idea (Atlanta, Georgia, November 16, 1864)
The Soul of an Army (Madison, Georgia, November 20, 1864)
Where Is the Enemy? (Griswoldville, Georgia, November 22, 1864)
An Apartheid Society (Milledgeville, Georgia, November 24, 1864)
Uncle Billy (Millen Georgia, December 3, 1864)
The End and the Beginning (Savannah, Georgia, December 21, 1864)
The Third Army: Patton's Race Into Germany, August 1, 1944-May 8, 1945
American Ajax (Heidelberg, Germany, December 11, 1945)
The Patton Way of War (The Rhine River, Germany, March 22, 1945)
A Deadly Enemy (The Ardennes, Belgium, December 22, 1944)
A Cog in the Wheel? (The Lorraine, France, August 29, 1944)
Ideological Warriors (The Seine River, France, August 19, 1944)
The Labyrinth of Slavery (Argentan, France, August 12, 1944)
A Different Idea (Knutsford, England, February 3, 1944)
Epilogue: The End of the Democratic Marches?
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