Press Release: The Mask of Command

The Mask of Command
A Study of Generalship

John Keegan

Introduced by Sir Lawrence Freedman

‘Fascinating and enlightening.’
new york times

What qualities make a great general, and how have these changed over history? How far is heroism and success in warfare linked to the context of the specific time and place of the encounter? Celebrated military historian John Keegan (the acclaimed author of The Face of Battle) considers the nature of generalship through the lives and careers of four of the past’s most notable commanders.

Alexander the Great, the Duke of Wellington, Ulysses S. Grant and Adolf Hitler – generals of very different periods and with hugely contrasting temperaments and styles – are examined in this masterly study, which provides illuminating insights into the changing characteristics of military leadership. The level of detail and scope of analysis in Keegan’s narrative is astonishing. He considers every aspect of these four remarkable (if not always admirable) leaders, both as generals and as individuals.

This definitive edition is lavishly illustrated. From full-colour portraits to sketched battle maps, black-and-white military photographs to commemorative watercolours, each image has been carefully selected by Folio’s award-winning picture research team. These are complemented by 7 newly hand-drawn campaign maps.

Emeritus Professor of War Studies and noted military authority Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman has written a new introduction which provides context to Keegan’s groundbreaking scholarship and explains why The Mask of Command’s pioneering exploration of the nature of war and battle has made it so revered (the book remains on the Chief of Defence Staff Reading List at the UK Defence Academy to this day).

Product informationBound in blocked cloth. Set in Plantin. 424 pages. Frontispiece, 7 integrated maps, and 32 pages of colour and b&w plates. Plain slipcase. 10˝ x 6¾˝.

UK £49.95 US $79.95 Can $95.00 Aus $99.95



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