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Robert Harvey

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Prose: non-fiction, History, Warfare & defence

From the high seas at Trafalgar to the dusty battle fields of North Africa, the course of history has been changed by military mavericks who have lead from the front.

In an age of backroom generals who command from far behind troop lines, it is often forgotten that wars have been won or lost by the personality and leadership of a maverick commander. In twelve riveting portrait, best-selling historian, Robert Harvey, explores the mind and the action of such men.

From the the Mediterranean sea Harvey investigates what make a military commander different - a charismatic leader of men, rational under fire, unafraid to improvise or lead his men into victory against the odds.

Packed with compelling and insightful analysis and story telling, Mavericks is Robert Harvey's best book to date.

The Mavericks, what made them great and their key battles include:
Clive of India - a master of the decisive strike, and going for the jugular. Plassey.
James Wolfe - renowned by his troops for being as demanding on himself as on them. Quebec.
George Washington - patience, then boldness. Yorktown.
Horatio Nelson - flamboyance, careful planning and improvisation. Trafalgar.
Thomas Cochrane - Fearless commando tactics and an eye for the unexpected strike. Aix Roads.
The Duke of Wellington - style and soundbites, caution and planning. Salamanca.
Guiseppe Garibaldi - charismatic communicator, bold in battle. Messina.
Ulysses S. Grant - Cool and rational, with determination to overcome all obstacles. Vicksburg
Erwin Rommel - Careful calculation followed by bold strikes. Desert Campaign.
George Patton - Aggression coupled with skill in tanks and training.The Battle of the Bulge.
Field Marshal Montgomery - A natural rebel with a lightning mind. El Alamein.
Douglas MacArthur - brilliant communicator and bold, cared for his men. Inchon.

'This is the 'definitive' one-volume account of a particularly rich slab of history.' Daily Express.

so well paced that reading it is a pleasure.' Bernard Cornwell. 'I doubt a better account of the never-ending war will be written in many a year.' Allan Mallinson.

'an exhillirating sequence of dramatic set-pieces in narrative history's best traditions.' Literary Review

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Praise for Mavericks

  • The character of military command is the theme of this entertaining and insightful book. - Military Illustrated

  • Well recommended - Pennant

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Robert Harvey

Robert Harvey has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, assistant editor of The Economist and an MP. He is the author of many books, including a highly popular biography of Lord Cochrane.

He is a former member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, was assistant editor of The Economist, and foreign affairs leader writer for the Daily Telegraph. His books include The Undefeated: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Modern Japan, Portugal: Birth of a Democracy, Liberators and Cochrane. Robert lives in Powys, Wales.

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