From the bestselling author of Rifles, the remarkable lives - and battles - of ten of Britain's greatest generals
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 British mythology. Others are more obscure figures whose achievements or failures may have had consequences quite different to those they had intended.
All ten of these generals revealed either a brilliant ability or fatal flaw. Success or failure depended largely on their ability to work within Britain's Parliamentary democracy - and against tyrants, despots and emperors who were free to act alone.
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. His books include Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle against the IRA, described by John Stalker as 'a book which needed to be written', and UK Eyes Alpha: Inside British Intelligence, which the Sunday Times found 'accurate, revelatory and fascinating'.
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