Abraham Lincoln, Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill and David Ben Gurion what made them great wartime heads of state, according to Eliot A. Cohen (Military Misfortunes), a professor of strategic studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, is that they were able to finesse a relationship with their military leaders that kept the balance of power squarely in (their own) civilian hands. In his lucid study, Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime, Cohen looks closely at the strategies of the four premiers and addresses broader questions about the tension between politicians and generals in a wartime democracy.
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The constant tension between political and military leaders is exacerbated by wartime conditions. The director of strategic studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins and author of Military Misfortunes, Cohen examines how four civilian statesmen Lincoln, Clemenceau, Churchill, and Ben-Gurion successfully exercised control over their military services during wars that threatened the very existence of their countries. The challenges and complexities that they faced were immense, and how each leader overcame them is the important issue in this study. Cohen stresses key individual traits (e.g., making tough decisions, not worrying about a general's feelings, being willing to stick it out to the end) rather than the totality of these men's experiences, showing that they took a direct hand in the operations of their country's armed forces. Cohen thus concludes that some selective skillful intervention is needed to keep the military on track. This well-documented book will be accessible to lay readers as well as scholars. For academic and public libraries and for anyone else interested in the civilian-military relationship. Daniel K. Blewett, Coll. of DuPage Lib., Glen Ellyn, IL
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One of the best books on the relationship between the civilian and military during times of war and peace. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Wilson
Not a good book for those with attention deficit. Had to read this book for work. It was like climbing Everest barefooted and with the author on my back. Ugh. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chucky69
The author states a clear thesis, which he then goes on to illustrate through four figures, statesmen who exercise their full authority over military commanders in times of war:... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Colin G.
Having heard Elliot Cohen speak on numerous occasions, this book embodies his commitment to accurate historical account tanner of the greats. Thanks Elliot.Published 7 months ago by Kurt
Excellent historical insight into four significant 20th century leaders.Published 10 months ago by JimV