The Generalship Of Alexander The Great
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The Generalship Of Alexander The Great

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A brief and meteoric life (356–323 B.C.) Alexander was the greatest of all conquerors in the course of world history. He had a small army—seldom exceeding 40,000 men—but a constellation of bold, revolutionary ideas about the conduct of war and the nature of government. J. F. C. Fuller, one of the foremost military historians of the twentieth-century, was the first to analy...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 21st 1989 by Da Capo Press (first published December 1958)
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David Miller
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...more
Dave
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...more
Jacob
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 acquai...more
Ken T
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...more
Christian Diebold
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...more
Ben Wood
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.
Dr.
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.
Glen
Very thorough description of the Great Alex and his endless quest to pacify the world. Tactics to grand strategy, this book has it all.
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Major-General John Frederick Charles Fuller, CB, CBE, DSO was a British Army officer (1899–1933), military historian and strategist, notable as an early theorist of modern armoured warfare, including categorising principles of warfare.

Fuller was also an early disciple of English poet and magician Aleister Crowley and was very familiar with his, and other forms of, magick and mysticism.
More about J.F.C. Fuller...
Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, And Tyrant Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship A Military History Of The Western World, Vol. I: From The Earliest Times To The Battle Of Lepanto The Conduct Of War, 1789-1961: A Study of the Impact of the French, Industrial, and Russian Revolutions on War and its Conduct A Military History Of The Western World, Vol. II: From The Defeat Of The Spanish Armada To The Battle Of Waterloo

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