Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters And the Generals Behind Them

Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters And the Generals
  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters And the Generals Behind Them
  • James M. Perry
  • English
  • 21 June 2018
  • 9780785820239

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Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters And the Generals Behind ThemSpanning Great MilitaryKindle #211than two hundred years of martial adventurism, aggression, and outright blundering, Arrogant Armies chronicles the profoundly misguided and utterly calamitous military expeditions of the great empire builders and overconfident expeditionary forces From colonial America to South Africa, from Mesopotamia to Khartoum, an extraordinary number of presumably superior armies grievously underestimated native forces Using contemporary newspaper accounts, military memoirs, diaries of soldiers who fought in the battles, and other firsthand letters and papers, noted journalist Arrogant ArmiesPDFEPUB James Perry brings a sense of urgency and immediacy to these historic defeats At times devastating, at times hilarious, his vast panoramaof human folly is peopled by frightened soldiers, zealous native resistance, and, of course, a colorful gallery of arrogant, often inept, officers Many of them received their ultimate comeuppance in these battles Generals Edward Braddock, Charles MacCarthy, William R Shafter, Charles Vere Ferrers Townshend, Charles Chinese Gordon, William George Keith Elphinstone, Manuel Fernandez Silvestre, and Armies Great MilitaryPDFEPUB #193many others What is most remarkable about Arrogant Armies is the cumulative power of these ironic encounters Black humor, brutality, staggering incompetence, and genuine drama come together with devastating force In Arrogant Armies, Perry casts a sharply critical eye on what he describes as the small wars, what Kipling called the 'savage wars of peace' It is fascinating history and a compelling commentary on politics and the dark side of the human races deadly preoccupation with war.

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10 thoughts on “Arrogant Armies: Great Military Disasters And the Generals Behind Them

  1. Jill Hutchinson says:

    This book started out very well and I was initially quite taken with it. It is a collection of "small" battles/skirmishes in which the field military leadership made terrible errors, either due to incompetence or the orders from above issued by individuals who never had been on a battlefield. The time period covered is from the French/Indian War through WWI, and those involved are mostly British; of course the Italians come in for a bit of bashing as well.

    But one of my pet peeves raised its head and caused me to lower the maps!!!!! Why is it that authors want to write about battles around the world but omit maps? How can the reader "see" the location of troops and why their position was disastrous if there is not a map? The narrative is interesting but it can't take the place of the visual. The book is not a total waste since it does touch on some interesting incidents such as Gordon at Khartoum, the Zulu War, and the Boer War. If the lack of maps doesn't bother you, you might want to read it to find out more about what went wrong.

  2. Michael Wiggins says:

    It's useful to see where the great and not-so-great have slipped and fallen. This book also made me reconsider Teddy Roosevelt a little (but only a little). My biggest complaint is that the book had little artwork at all, and no maps or diagrams. The author has good powers of description, but visual aides are still important when describing battles and dispersal of forces.

  3. Bob says:

    Should have been more exciting.