Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen And Leadership In Wartime

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Simon and Schuster, 2012 M10 1 - 352 pages
SUPREME COMMAND is about leadership in wartime, or more precisely about the tension between two kinds of leadership, civil and military. Eliot Cohen uncovers the nature of strategy-making by looking at four great democratic war statesmen and seeing how they dealt with the military leaders who served them. In doing so he reveals fundamental aspects of leadership and provides not merely an historical analysis but a study of issues that remain crucial today.

By examining the cases of four of the greatest war statesmen of the twentieth century he explores the problem of how people confront the greatest challenges that can befall them, in this case national leaders. Beginning with a discussion of civil-military relations from a theoretical point of view, Cohen lays out the conventional beliefs about how politicians should deal with generals and the extent to which either can influence the outcome of war. From these he draws broader lessons for students of leadership generally.
 

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A tremendously rich and balanced discussion on the benefits of civilian leadership over military forces. Cohen's Supreme Command should be read by both national leaders and military leaders. Read full review

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Strategy analyst Cohen challenges the view that wars are best fought by military technicians without civilian interference.Those who maintain that Vietnam would have been an American victory if only ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
THE SOLDIER AND THE STATESMAN
LINCOLN SENDS A LETTER
CLEMENCEAU PAYS A VISIT
CHURCHILL ASKS A QUESTION
BENGURION HOLDS A SEMINAR
LEADERSHIP WITHOUT GENIUS
THE UNEQUAL DIALOGUE
THE THEORY OF CIVILIAN CONTROL
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Eliot Cohen is Professor and Director of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University, a former Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University and Visiting Associate Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College. He is the author of MILITARY MISFORTUNES (Random House).

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