In this book, a distinguished international team of military historians provides an enthralling overview of the careers and leadership of the worlds greatest military commanders on land, at sea and in the air, from Cyrus the Great in 6th-century BC Persia to Vo Nguyen Giap in 20th-century Vietnam. Truly global in scope, the book offers a 2,500 year history of warfare uniquely told from the viewpoint of the leading protagonists, shot through with informed insights about changes in the nature of war, tactics and strategies through time and varied issues of command. Richly illustrated with photographs, contemporary portraits and battle scenes, and images of weapons and uniforms, and featuring more than 120 specially commissioned full-colour campaign maps, battle plans and 3-D battle reconstructions, this book gets to the heart of what makes a great commander and is essential reading for anyone interested in military history.
Jeremy Black is Professor at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of thirty books, including Maps and History and War and the World 1450-2000. Donald M. Macraild is Professor of History at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, UK. His publications include Social History and Social Theory and Nineteenth Century Britain.