Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime

Eliot A. Cohen, Author
Eliot A. Cohen, Author Free Press $25 (304p) ISBN 978-0-7432-3049-0
Reviewed on: 06/01/2002
Release date: 06/01/2002
Abraham Lincoln, Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill and David Ben Gurion what made them great wartime heads of state, according to Eliot A. Gohen (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. (June)
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