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Captain Professor: The Memoirs of Sir Michael Howard Hardcover – 1 Aug 2006

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 1st edition (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826491251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826491251
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"As can be guaranteed from Howard's pen we are treated to plenty to think about and to appreciate, both in content and style." Reviewed by Alistair Irwin in The British Army Review

"Howard blends his personal history with world events to provide a delightfully informal and disarming account...In recalling his own past, Howard offers important lessons for the present." Reviewed by Jacob Heilbrunn, November 2007

"a fascinating memoir"--Alan Jeffreys, The Bulletin of the Military Historical Society, November 2006

Review in British Scholar.

"[Howard]belongs to a long line of British military historians, such as JohnWheeler-Bennett, who have drawn on their deep historical knowledge to expoundupon contemporary politics in vivid and forceful prose that is almostimpossible to read without mounting excitement. In "Captain Professor", Howard blends his personal history withworld events to provide a delightfully informal and disarming account. Hebegins with his privileged childhood before turning to his years in Britishboarding schools. His descriptions of the combat he experienced during theItalian campaign in the Second World War are seldom less than gripping. Scarcelyless robust than the real thing, his accounts of academic warfare are, moreoften than not, mordantly entertaining...In recalling his own past, Howard offersimportant lessons for the present." --National Interest Online

"a fascinating memoir"--,

"[Howard] belongs to a long line of British military historians, such as John Wheeler-Bennett, who have drawn on their deep historical knowledge to expound upon contemporary politics in vivid and forceful prose that is almost impossible to read without mounting excitement. In "Captain Professor", Howard blends his personal history with world events to provide a delightfully informal and disarming account. He begins with his privileged childhood before turning to his years in British boarding schools. His descriptions of the combat he experienced during the Italian campaign in the Second World War are seldom less than gripping. Scarcely less robust than the real thing, his accounts of academic warfare are, more often than not, mordantly entertaining...In recalling his own past, Howard offers important lessons for the present." National Interest Online

"Sir Michael Howard's vivid and most interesting memoirs will give pleasure to many. Well recommended." The Guards Magazine, 1 August 2008

Interview on Michael Howard. 'Captain Professor is an admirable slice of life: likeable, interesting and well written.' Jeremy Lewis, Sunday Times, 16 July 2006--Sanford Lakoff "Sunday Times "

'he [Michael Howard] is such a brilliant writer, succinct, exact, candid, without the least degree of conceit or artificiality, he commands the readers confidence and sympathy without ever embarrassing him. He never tells us too much or suppresses anything that night be held to discredit him. He is generous to others, but not indiscriminately, and, where he cares to, he is a skillful portraitist.... ...The book is a true product of the Age if Enlightenment and to be applauded for challenging the unreason and the violence to which feebler minds and a less-educated understanding of history so easily succumb. it is beautifully written, amusing and perceptive, perhaps from its unusual angle the best interpretation of our terrifying times.' Richard Ollard, 'Under the Influence of Mars', The Spectator, July 2006--Sanford Lakoff "The Spectator "

"a fascinating memoir"--Sanford Lakoff

"Military Education is in a sad state, and Michael Howard's memoir, Captain Professor: A Life in War and Peace, "stands as a reminder of how far it has fallen. No student of the military art should leave this book unread. Michael Howard is an excellent military historian. In one school or another, every Army officer has encountered his translation of Clausewitz's On War, "his contribution on World War I in Peter Parot and Gordon Craig's classic Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age" (which includes an essay on Soviet strategy by a young scholar named Condoleezza Rice) or his seminal War in European History". There are few Michael Howards left, and it is not clear that there is a generation following the great scholars of the Cold War to replace them. Nor is it clear that civilian universities or the Pentagon are doing much to address this shortfall. Soldiers and students should read Howard's Captain Professor". They will do so wistfully, regretting that they may never have a mentor of his equal." --Sanford Lakoff

"All the qualities of powerful exposition, extraordinary insight and concision that adorn Howard's other books can be found in this, possibly his last book, as well as a haunting elegiac tone. But Michael Howard might still feel the urge to write. Let us hope so."--Sanford Lakoff "Times Literary Supplement "

About the Author

Professor Sir Michael Howard OM MC was Regius Professor of History at Oxford and Professor of History at Yale University. Among his most celebrated books are The Oxford History of the 20th Century (1998) and Strategic Deception in WW2 (1990)


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By Dr Barry Clayton TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Sir Michael Howard is the foremost military historian of his time. No other writes with such elegance or such profound knowlege. Unlike other military historians he is a superb historian who writes with fluency and authority about history in general.

I had the privilege of being taught by him when I was on the very first War Studies MA course at Kings College, His lectures were outstanding. Unlike others I have experienced elsewhere he speaks with clarity and his lectures have an enviable structure.

Sir Michael is also a very kind man who takes a genuine interest in his students. He is also a superb supervisor for doctoral students giving advice and encouragement.

While a serving officer on the staff of the Royal Military College of Science Shrivenham (now the Defence Academy) I used him many times as a visiting lecturer. He proved to be a great favourite with officer students.

Despite his gallant war record he seldom mentiones it or his privileged upbringing. He is that rarity, an outstanding academic and a gentleman. No other alive today is his equal

A book to savour but do read all of his books, they are gems.
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I enjoyed this short, sweet book. Sir Michael's story of his childhood & his war in Italy, where he won an MC, is deeply engaging. His oftentimes cryptic account of how he came out of the closet are of interest too. Once this part of the book is over, though, it goes off the boil. I would have liked to learn more about Sir Michael's scholarship -- how he went about writing his books, what he enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) about doing archival research, and the like. All this aside, I recommend this highly. It is a fine work by an outstanding scholar.
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A beautifully written autobiography of one of the staff at my University whom I have known for 60 years and who I greatly admire. I enjoyed learning more about his war-time exploits and his family of which I knew only a little. Sir Michael's style of writing and use of English has always been a delight.
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HASH(0x922f5c00) out of 5 stars A Sweet & Humane Book 24 Mar. 2009
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I enjoyed this short, sweet book. Sir Michael's story of his childhood & his war in Italy, where he won an MC, is deeply engaging. His oftentimes cryptic account of how he came out of the closet are of interest too. Once this part of the book is over, though, it goes off the boil. I would have liked to learn more about Sir Michael's scholarship -- how he went about writing his books, what he enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) about doing archival research, and the like. All this aside, I recommend this highly. It is a fine work by an outstanding scholar.
HASH(0x922f5e4c) out of 5 stars A Truly Eminent Historian 18 Jan. 2013
By Dr Barry Clayton - Published on Amazon.com
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Writing reviews of Michael Howard's books is easy; they are all magnificent!
No other historian can write with his elegance or range of knowledge. He can put in a paragraph what others take a chapter to say.

I had the good fortune to be taught by Michael on the very first MA War Studies course at Kings College London. His lectures were brilliant, his tutorials stimulating. All of this allied to a friendly disposition. No other historian, particularly military historian, is his equal.

Read not only this book but all of his books. You will not regret it.
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