Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A. Cohen

Jun 28th, 2015
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The relationship between military leaders and political leaders has always been a complicated one, especially in times of war. When the chips are down, who should run the show -- the politicians or the generals? In Supreme Command, Eliot Cohen examines four great democratic war statesmen -- Abraham Lincoln, Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill, and David Ben-Gurion -- to reveal the surprising answer: the politicians. Great states-men do not turn their wars over to their generals, and then stay out of their way. Great statesmen make better generals of their generals. They question and drive their military men, and at key times they overrule their advice. The generals may think they know how to win, but the statesmen are the ones who see the big picture. Lincoln, Clemenceau, Churchill, and Ben-Gurion led four very different kinds of democracy, under the most difficult circumstances imaginable

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Supreme Command: Soldiers,Statesmen and Leadership inWartimeby Eliot A. CohenThe relationship between military leaders and political leaders has always been acomplicated one, especially in times of war. When the chips are down, whoshould run the show -- the politicians or the generals? In Supr

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