23 Sep Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History | Andrew Roberts
2019: Book #30
“Napoleon genuinely liked spending time with his men. He had an almost democratic openness that endeared him to them. So long as they were not overtly rude, they were permitted to call out to him directly from the ranks, to question him, and to ask him for favors.”
“Leaders do not necessarily have to have good ideas themselves, but they do need to be able to spot the good from the bad, and adopt and adapt the former.”
These are two quotes from Andrew Roberts’ new book, “Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History.”
The book focuses on nine leaders: Napoleon, Horatio Nelson, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, George C. Marshall, Charles de Gaulle, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Margaret Thatcher.
Roberts is an acclaimed historian and a Churchill expert. But this book is one of a series of nine lectures he has given. The book isn’t great…it’s just…meh. It takes you inside each leader’s inner circle and the circumstances they faced, but often times leaves you hanging with no tangible application. For me, that is very frustrating.
The book isn’t boring. It just isn’t very helpful.
I give the book a 2.5 out of 5 stars. I’d recommend skipping this book.
That’s book #30 for 2019.
22 more to go
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