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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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Jul 03, 2009 Glen rated it it was amazing
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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Jun 24, 2015 Andreas Michaelides rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 31, 2012 Jacob rated it it was amazing
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
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Jul 08, 2013 David Miller rated it liked it
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
Mar 01, 2011 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jan 10, 2012 Ken T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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May 05, 2014 Calypso Kenney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 15, 2017 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alex V
Jan 26, 2016 Alex V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Ben Wood
Dec 08, 2010 Ben Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 20, 2013 Dr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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May 30, 2016 Arthur Kyriazis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an exceedingly fine book.
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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.
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