"EMINENTLY PROVOCATIVE AND READABLE."-THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years and in this wise and masterly work, he revisits six battles of the past century and examines the strategies, leadership, preparation, and geopolitical goals of aggressors and defenders to reveal the one trait that links them all: hubris. In Greek tragedy, hubris is excessive human pride that challenges the gods and ultimately leads to total destruction of the offender. From the 1905 Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War, to Hitler's 1941 bid to capture Moscow, to MacArthur's disastrous advance in Korea, to the French downfall at Dien Bien Phu, Horne shows how each of these battles was won or lost due to excessive hubris on one side or the other. In a sweeping narrative written with his trademark erudition and wit, Horne provides a meticulously detailed analysis of the ground maneuvers employed by the opposing armies in each battle. He also explores the strategic and psychological mindset of the military leaders involved to demonstrate how devastating combinations of human ambition and arrogance led to overreach. Making clear the danger of hubris in warfare, his insights hold resonant lessons for civilian and military leaders navigating today's complex global landscape. A dramatic, colorful, stylishly-written history, Hubris is a much-needed reflection on war from a master of his field.
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"Any audiobook that opens with the battle history of the 1905 Russo-Japanese War is likely to daunt narrator and listener. James Adams prevails through sheer expertise. He is adept and nimble with dozens of names of generals, battle sites, and battleships. He's never tripped up by the cosmopolitan nuances of a German-born Soviet spy operating out of Tokyo, or by the glottal sloughs of the German siege of Moscow. Alistair Horne's theme of military disaster resulting from hubris is vividly demonstrated in a series of dramatic modern defeats. A history of colossal military blunders is instructive, and fascinating in its own right, but after 12 hours, something of a downer. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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