From the bestselling author of Rifles, the remarkable lives - and battles - of ten of Britain's greatest generals.
Mark Urban tells the story of ten exceptional soldiers who left their mark on Britain and the world. Some - including Wellington, Kitchener and Montgomery - are names etched in the national mythology. Others are more obscure figures whose achievements or failures may have had consequences quite different to those they had intended: the incompetence of one British General led to the creation of the United States of America, the ideas of another to the invention of Blitzkreig.
All ten of these generals revealed either a brilliant ability or a fatal flaw. While one became Prime Minister, another was beheaded. Success or failure depended largely on their ability to work within Britain's Parliamentary democracy - and against tyrants, despots and emperors who were often free to act alone.
Publication date: 06/10/2005
Publisher: Faber And Faber
|Publication date:||6th October 2005|
|Publisher:||Faber And Faber|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
Mark Urban is the Diplomatic Editor of the BBC's 'Newsnight' and was formerly defence correspondent for the Independent. He has covered many wars and is remembered for live broadcasts under a Scud attack in Saudi Arabia in 1991 or while being fired upon in Kosovo.More About Mark Urban