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Generals: Ten British Commanders who Shaped the World
Generals: Ten British Commanders who Shaped the World
by Mark Urban
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and comprehensive book, 2 Sept. 2006
Mark Urban, an ex-British Army officer, writes an interesting book about 10 generals right from the start of the history of the British Army up to the Second World War. He talks about the personalities of the officers and their motivations, as well as their developement and influence. It is also good to see him cover the careers of the famous generals from before they were famous - and after they were famous. In several cases he covers the careers of individuals who acted poorly in their early years before turning themselves around (or reaching a rank to which they were suited) later on. There are also those who peak early in their careers and go from excellent battalion commanders to mediocre generals!

In all an absorbing read that fills in some of the gaps in the common knowledge of some Britain's more famous military sons.


Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare
Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare
by Colin S. Gray
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thesis on future warfare by an international expert, 3 Aug. 2006
All in all an excellent book, well written and covering all of the major facts. For those who want to see beyond many of the current fads in military thinking - from 4GW to Effects Based and Network Centric Warfare - an excellent book. Coling Gray covers the basics of Clauswitzian Theory, and constantly brings us back to the fact that the future is not yet determined. We should, he argues, prepare for the unexpected, whilst accepting that history does provide us the best tools to analyse what we see today. Colin Gray does have a tendancy to use long words when short ones would do the job, but this does not detract from the book.

For those soon to attend their MA(C) module (you know who you are if you know what I'm talking about!) then it should be recommended reading. Covers some of the syllabus and much more beyond.


Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
by John A. Nagl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written and intelligent book, 19 Jun. 2006
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife is a well written book by an author who has a good deal of experience in field on which he writes. The book itself sometimes reads as you might expect a university thesis to. To some this might seem distracting, but actually accentuates the amount of excellent research carried out by John Nagl. It is, in fact, a very readable book which those who read it will find intellectually stimulating as well as interesting. For those in the armed forces whose jobs relate to counter-insurgency this book is well worth the time spent reading it.


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