Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alistair Horne
Narrator: James Adams
Genres: History
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: November 2015
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

The legendary historian and author of" A Savage War of Peace "and "The Price of Glory "distills a lifetime s study to reflect on six critical battles that changed the course of the twentieth century.

Sir Alistair Horne has been a close observer of war and history for more than fifty years. In this wise and masterly work that he calls his summa, he revisits six battles of the past century and examines the strategies, leadership, preparation, and geopolitical goals of aggressors and defenders, to reveal the one trait that links them all: hubris.

In Greek tragedy, hubris is excessive human pride that challenges the gods and ultimately leads to downfall. From the Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War to Hitler s 1940 invasion of Moscow to MacArthur s disastrous advance in Korea, Horne shows how each of these battles was won or lost due to excessive hubris on one side or the other. In a sweeping narrative written with his trademark erudition and wit, Horne provides a meticulously detailed analysis of the ground maneuvers employed by the opposing armies in each battle. He also explores the strategic and psychological mindset of the military leaders involved to demonstrate how a devastating combination of human ambition and arrogance led to overreach. Making clear the danger of hubris in warfare, his insights are deeply relevant and hold important lessons for civilian and military leaders navigating today s complex global landscape.

A dramatic, colorful, stylishly written history, "Hubris "is a brilliant and much-needed reflection on war from a master of his field."

Author Details

Author Details

Horne, Alistair

Alistair Horne, the author of, most recently, Seven Ages of Paris", The Age of Napoleon", and The French Revolution, " is a fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He was awarded the French L - gion d'honneur in 1993 and received a knighthood in 2003 for his work on French history. His books include "Back into Power", Small Earthquake in Chile", "The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916", "To Lose a Battle: France 1940", " The French Army and Politics, 1870?1970", "A Bundle from Britain, "an d "A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954?1962". His latest books are. He lives in Oxfordshire.