The Savior Generals

The Savior Generals

How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost, From Ancient Greece to Iraq

Book - 2013
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Traces the stories of Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus, evaluating their pivotal military roles and the controversies that marked their careers.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781608191635
Branch Call Number: 355.0092 HANSON
Characteristics: 305 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Jun 11, 2018

This was a rewarding book to read: many saviors are not always flashy or glorious - indeed they usually aren't, but they are efficacious. I was most surprised to learn about Ridgeway, including the fact that he had a heart attack in his early fifties and lived into his late nineties! Perhaps the oddest inclusion is that of Petraeus: its rather to close in time to be in a history book, and he didn't exactly "save " western civilization (from what? from who?). I thought that the early chapters on ancient warfare the best. The chapter on the USA civil war presupposed knowledge in the reader.

Sep 02, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, having heard very little of Epaminondas and knowing almost nothing of the details of Sherman's March to the Sea. The similiarities across 2000 yrs are striking, and VDH extends same to Petraeus's victory in Iraq, which was frittered away by the premature troop withdrawal of 2011. A must read for anyone who wants historical perspective on our recent and current wars.

LRS1969 Sep 30, 2014

Uh, dude... we lost the one in Iraq!

Some of Hanson's work is very controversial.

This book is simply horrible!

Very good on historical accounts, but dies in current affairs.

Like every other militant conservative Hanson has a Petraeus bromance. Yet Petraeus, while personally intelligent, in fact was not militarily brilliant nor particularly savvy... though he indeed was one of the Perfumed Princes who believes absolutely in the Three Ps: Power, Perks, and Privileges!

EVERYTHING that Petraeus did in his military and post military life has had one and only one agenda - to do what is right for Petraeus and his personal benefit. Entitlement is an expectation of his (which he got even in "the end"... a deal that converts multiple severe felonies demanding decades of imprisonment down to one misdemeanor that carries no jail time and allows him to maintain his oligarchic and highly wealthy post treasonous career!).

So much for his oft repeated claims of innocence. And this is the deal if the century. He should have been prosecuted for every count and once convicted, sentenced to life without parole in Leavenworth!

"Petraeus Takes Plea Deal"

beebee40 Jul 31, 2014

Hanson has cobbled together bits and pieces and lo! a book.

Not to mention the possibility that he has chosen some generals that were not quite saviors.

This book is not one of his best.


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