Ten British Commanders Who Changed the World

by Mark Urban

Publication Date: 01/12/2005

From the best-selling author of Rifles, the bold and remarkable lives - and battles - of ten of Britain's greatest generals. Mark Urban tells the story of ten exceptional soldiers who left their mark on Britain and the world. Some - including Wellington, Kitchener and Montgomery - are names etched in the national mythology. Others are obscure figures whose achievements or failures may have had consequences quite different to those they had intended, from the creation of the United States of America to the invention of Blitzkreig. But all ten of these generals revealed either a brilliant ability or a fatal flaw. The story of whether they succeeded or failed depended largely on their ability to work within Britain's Parliamentary democracy and against opponents who had the advantages lent by their autocratic regimes. Over 40,000 copies of Rifles were sold in hardback, and this book looks set to eclipse even that A brilliant subject, to appeal to military history fans of all ages A huge media event on publication, with reviews, extracts and features across the national press, radio and magazines Set to become one of the sure-fire bestsellers of Christmas 2005
Biography: historical
Publication Date:
Faber & Faber, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Mark Urban

Mark Urban is the Diplomatic and Defence Editor for BBC Two's Newsnight and has covered these matters in various roles for more than 20 years at the BBC. Prior to that he was Defence correspondent for The Independent newspaper for four years, covering the end of the Cold War and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

He is also the acclaimed author of Task Force Black: The explosive true story of the SAS and the secret war in Iraq; Big Boys' Rules: The SAS and the Secret Struggle Against the IRA and Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters. Mark read International Relations at the London School of Economics and served for a short time in the British Army.

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