Underestimating Alexander: "Masters of Command: 1 of 3: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership" by Barry Strauss

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(Photo: Sebastiano Conca (1680–1764) Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q774781

Sebastiano Conca: Alexander the Great in the Temple of Jerusalem

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Alexander the Great in the Temple of Jerusalem

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Date circa 1736

Medium oil on canvas

Dimensions Height: 53 cm (20.8 in); Width: 70 cm (27.5 in)

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Prado National Museum Blue pencil.svg wikidata:Q160112 (Inventory)

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Underestimating Alexander: "Masters of Command: 1 of 3: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership" by Barry Strauss

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In Masters of Command, Barry Strauss compares the way the three greatest generals of the ancient world waged war and draws lessons from their experiences that apply on and off the battlefield.

ALEXANDER, HANNIBAL, CAESAR—each was a master of war. Each had to look beyond the battlefield to decide whom to fight, when, and why; to know what victory was and when to end the war; to determine how to bring stability to the lands he conquered. Each general had to be a battlefield tactician and more: a statesman, a strategist, a leader. 

Tactics change, weapons change, but war itself remains much the same throughout the centuries, and a great warrior must know how to define success. Understanding where each of these three great (but flawed) commanders succeeded and failed can serve anyone who wants to think strategically or who has to demonstrate leadership. In Masters of Command Barry Strauss explains the qualities these great generals shared, the keys to their success, from ambition and judgment to leadership itself.