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The Military 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Military Leaders of…

by Michael Lee Lanning

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A rather dismal book on the most influential military commanders of all time. The author is a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel of whom I seriously doubt really studied military history much beyond the book covers.
There are several questionable personalities in the rankings. For instance he ranks Baron Jomini at 26 above Marshal Berthier who I consider to have been more influential as he was the founder of the staff system.
However the most glaring additions are those of Norman Scharwzkopf and Saddam Hussein at 49 and 81 respectively. The author ranks Scharwzkopf above Konev,Zhukov and Patton. Hussein speaks for himself.
I wonder if the fact that author served on Scharwzkopf's staff has something to do with the rankings.
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  MusketGeneral | Aug 6, 2010 |
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