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Sherman: Lessons in Leadership (Great Generals)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

General William Tecumseh Sherman famously said “War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it.” This statement has contributed to his mythic status as a grim-visaged Civil War character who embodied implacable war. Utilizing unique and highly successful maneuvering techniques, Sherman was an original, decisive, and efficient leader.

Rising steadily through the ranks during

Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2009)
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Oct 26, 2010 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, 2010, history
This book is supposed to be from a series on "leadership" via generals, but I couldn't find much in the way of it in this biography. Sherman did what he had to do the way he felt he had to do it. He had to adopt an unconventional strategy: turning his back on Hood and "making Georgia howl" as his crew of "bummers" ransacked the state for supplies. He thought it would work, and it did. Actually, I suppose the biggest lesson was more in the line of how to act like a subordinate in such a way as to ...more
Jun 20, 2015 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This book is supposed to be part of a series on "leadership" via generals, but what was there must be inferred...except for Sherman's use of maneuver warfare. That, was aptly demonstrated. In this audible book, Wesley Clark babbles through an introduction to little effect. I'll admit that this book was a good intro to his life and is fine work for those who want a quick and accessible entree, but it fell short of a leadership lessons. Instead of the usual writing about generals, i.e. details abo ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be enlightening. It described a man and his rise through the ranks of the military. Being the first book I have read on this time period, I can't really say that it is good or bad but it was certainly interesting and different than what we learned in school. I have to find more books like this.
Michael Wenberg
I knew next to nothing about Sherman, so this was a good intro to his life. His childhood played a huge part in the choices he made as an adult and like many officers in the Union Army at the time, he had many connections with the south. I thought one paragraph in particular very timely. He was offering advice to Grant on how to handle the southern population after the war and remarked that poor and middle income whites put their trust in their government institutions even though these were in f ...more
Jerry Landry
Dec 10, 2011 Jerry Landry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As is the case with the American Presidents series being edited by Schlesinger, this book gives a general overview of Sherman's life and provides some good details about his major military campaigns. If you're looking for an in-depth account of his life, I would advise you to look elsewhere, but if, like me, you realized one day that you really didn't know much about one of the major players in the Civil War and wanted to quickly get caught up, then this is the book for you. Woodworth does a goo ...more
Steven Peterson
Jun 16, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice brief introduction to William Tecumseh Sherman, one of the most important Union generals in the Civil War. This is a part of a series on military leaders that seems to have a similar mission as the American Presidents series. In short, a brief introduction to a major figure.

As such, this is a fine work for those who want a quick and accessible entree to the subject's life. I tend to prefer larger volumes that go into much more detail, but works such as this have a useful place for
Feb 01, 2010 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good and concise life of one of the most important military leaders of the Civil War. He was Grant's right hand man. A tremendous leader who was not afraid to get his hands dirty and wasn't above doing the work of the common soldier. He had tremendous drivec and determination. He was well respected by his men and fellow officers. He tended to make a success of most of what he attempted and was ofter very discouraged when he did not. This discouragement didn't last very long, because he h ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot about Sherman and I enjoyed that. However, I didn't love the way it was written. I haven't read a military biography before so perhaps that plays a role? I actually listened to this on CD and really did not care for the "reader." He read the book very fast - you could understand it clearly but it was obnoxious and it made me think the whole time that perhaps he had to be somewhere else to be or maybe he was limited to the number of CDs he could record.
William Hill
Oct 03, 2013 William Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of a series - 'Great Generals Series' . These concise biographies are true to the word concise. Basically they are very good introductions to the subject person. I recommend all of them. They are well written, informative, and again - concise. What you don't get is a 750 page door stop that is a slog to read.
Lynn Diane
Mar 22, 2013 Lynn Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lynn Diane by: Myself
I love Sherman, but this book didn't really do him justice. He was a fascinating man, absolutely brilliant, but that doesn't come across as well as in other books I've read about him. I loved seeing him in Gods and Generals and in Killer Angels. The Shaaras' series shows Sherman's true genius.
Jul 25, 2009 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A satisfying short account of the Civil War Union general who revolutionized warfare with his focus on destroying the enemy's infrastructure rather than his armies. I learned that Sherman is buried in St Louis.
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