Hubris

The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century
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Product Number: DD20745
Released: Nov 17, 2015
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ISBN: #9781504648509
Narrator/s: James Adams
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Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years. 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 downfall. From the Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War to Hitler's 1940 invasion of Moscow to MacArthur's disastrous advance in Korea, Horne shows how each of these battles was won or lost due to excessive hubris on one side or the other.

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Author(s): Alistair Horne
Genre: History

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Author(s): Alistair Horne
Narrator(s): James Adams
Genre: History
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Author(s): Alistair Horne
Genre: History
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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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