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The Mantle of Command

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The Book
A dramatic, eye-opening account of how FDR took personal charge of the military direction of World War II. Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving Roosevelt aides and family members, this books offers a radical new perspective on FDR’s masterful — and underappreciated — leadership of the Allied war effort. The Mantle of Command is an intimate, sweeping look at a great President in history’s greatest conflict.

The Mantle of Command

by Nigel Hamilton
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The Book
A dramatic, eye-opening account of how FDR took personal charge of the military direction of World War II. Based on years of archival research and interviews with the last surviving Roosevelt aides and family members, this books offers a radical new perspective on FDR’s masterful — and underappreciated — leadership of the Allied war effort. The Mantle of Command is an intimate, sweeping look at a great President in history’s greatest conflict.
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What Bob Iger says

I’ve enjoyed several books this year (2015) that I would count among my favorites, but the one that’s left the deepest impression is Nigel Hamilton’s “The Mantle of Command,”which looks at a defining period in the life of President Franklin Roosevelt—the first year of World War II. Mr. Hamilton has created a masterpiece that is the counterpoint, in many ways, to Winston Churchill’s well-known “The Second World War” series, which painted a heroic portrait of the charismatic prime minister. FDR never had the chance to pen his own autobiographical account of the war, and history has sometimes portrayed him as something of a bystander to the war. Mr. Hamilton corrects this misperception, detailing Roosevelt’s wise tactics for slowly building up America’s military forces and showing how he had to go around the backs of his own advisers to ready the U.S. for its entrance into battle. What emerges is a portrait of Roosevelt not only as a truly great leader, but an excellent strategist and commander.

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Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c.460-400 BC) was an Athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. He applied thereafter a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this factual record of a disastrous conflict.
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The Book
Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c.460-400 BC) was an Athenian and achieved the rank of general in the earlier stages of the war. He applied thereafter a passion for accuracy and a contempt for myth and romance in compiling this factual record of a disastrous conflict.
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What Benedict Evans says

This is one of the best military history books of all time. Thucydides more or less invented impartial, accurate history as we know it, and gives a detailed account of the defining struggle of Classical Greece.

Gates of Fire

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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....

Gates of Fire

by Steven Pressfield
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The Book
At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....
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What Chris 'Blane' Rowat says

I read this book every year and it never gets old. A perfect ‘get your shit together’ .

The Armed Forces Officer

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This book educates officers of all services, as well as civilians, about the fundamental moral-ethical requirements of being a commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States. Faculty members of the four service academies of USA and the Marine Corps University wrote The Armed Forces Officer.

The Armed Forces Officer

by Department Of Defense
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The Book
This book educates officers of all services, as well as civilians, about the fundamental moral-ethical requirements of being a commissioned officer in the armed forces of the United States. Faculty members of the four service academies of USA and the Marine Corps University wrote The Armed Forces Officer.
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What Howard Schultz says

This book was given to me as a gift by Major General Kenneth Dahl, one of the finest military minds I know. A timeless, classic book of inspirational leadership that should be required reading for all Americans.