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The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  91 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
master historian gives readers a fresh new picture of the Civil War as it really was. Buell examines three pairs of commanders from the North and South, who met each other in battle. Following each pair through the entire war, the author reveals the human dimensions of the drama and brings the battles to life. 38 b&w photos.

From the Hardcover edition.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Broadway Books (first published 1997)
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Theo Logos
May 26, 2012 Theo Logos rated it it was amazing
First, a caveat: If you say, "War of Northern Aggression", hold dear the Lost Cause, and celebrate Massa Robert Lee's birthday as a high holy day, you should avoid this book altogether rather than read it and go on to write an emotional review raving against it and giving only one star. This book dares depart from the usual hagiographic treatment of Lee, suggesting that some of his actions were less than genius, and that some were brutal mistakes. Trust me, if you consider this sacrilege, please ...more
Steven Peterson
Mar 07, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing book, although not without some controversy. The method is to examine three pairs of generals, one each from the Union and Confederate armies--East and West--at different levels of command. The two top generals at the end of the Civil War, Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee are one pair. Two generals of armies in the West--George Thomas with the Union and John Bell Hood with the Confederates--are profiled and compared. Finally, two generals in the East--Francis Barlow and John ...more
Jerry Mrizek
Feb 03, 2016 Jerry Mrizek rated it liked it
Hmmm, what to say. First let me start by stating that I really liked this book. It was well written, informative and researched. The basic premise is that it compares the leadership qualities of six Civil War generals. These are Grant (U), Lee (C), Thomas (U), Hood (C), Gordon (C) and Barlow (U). Although the book is good the entire premise is a hoax. This book is really a tribute to General Thomas and nothing more. Grant, Lee and Hood are studied mainly to make Thomas look good and although he ...more
Jan 10, 2014 Dale rated it it was amazing
Good, thought provoking

In The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War , Buell analyzes three Confederate and three Union generals with six very different leadership styles.

Buell gives a title to each of the six different men and they are:

The Yeoman: Ulysses S. Grant
The Aristocrat: Robert E. Lee
The Knight-Errant: John Bell Hood
The Roman: George H. Thomas
The Cavalier: John B . Gordon
The Puritan: Francis C. Barlow

Buell researched this book heavily, including delving into the National
Andy Kline
May 30, 2009 Andy Kline rated it really liked it
I met General George Thomas in this book. Haven't been the same since.
Mar 17, 2016 Ethan rated it really liked it
This was one of my first reads of a civil war book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My prior information came mostly from TV specials (love Ken Burns) and visiting Gettysburg. His analysis of generals and their decisions was very interesting. I also liked how he painted conditions of the war including weather and the scarcity of supplies for the confederacy. His admiration for Thomas is very high, as others have noted. I am not schooled enough in the Civil War to comment on the scholarly level of th ...more
Vincent Darlage
Feb 20, 2014 Vincent Darlage rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the leadership qualities of these six generals - and it sounds like it would have been better for all if Gen. Thomas had been in charge of the Union and Hood in charge of the Confederate army. It was a blunderful war - the number of blunders on both sides was staggering. Still it was an informative book. It would have earned five stars if there had been more graphics - the arrays of names were difficult to follow (and remember whose side was whom for this Civil War novice), so ...more
Landon W
Jul 29, 2013 Landon W rated it liked it
A strange book that seems to have been largely ignored by scholars of the war, possibly with good reason. The author's particular approach - comparison of a Confederate and a Union general at each of three levels of command - is an interesting one, and it allows him to say a great deal about the command culture of each of the armies. Likewise, the diligence of his research, which in some cases involved uncovering primary sources that have been forgotten since the war, cannot be faulted. That sai ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing
If history was taught in schools with the interest that this book installs in the reading, we would be better off. Unfortunately, that requires making observations - true or no - that will polarize one's audience.
Dec 06, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok
Limited amount of reference for such a particular take on famous Civil War generals. A narrative that is easy to follow, but academically questionable.
Lee Scoresby
Apr 21, 2011 Lee Scoresby rated it liked it
Informative, but the guy's love affair with George Henry Thomas is a little irritating.
Apr 23, 2011 Hugo rated it it was amazing
Great insight into a tragic period in our history, a must read if your a military buff.
Sep 24, 2008 Chuck rated it it was amazing
One of my all time top picks.
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