In the Heat of Battle

In the Heat of Battle

A history of those who rose to the occasion and those who didn’t

General Military
  • Author: Donough O’Brien
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 10 Oct 2009
  • ISBN: 9781846034640
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 288
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About this Product

Out of the last 3,500 years of our 'civilised' world, only for 230 have we been at peace. In The Heat of Battle features those who by rising to the occasion on the battlefield or failing to do so turned the course of history. For some military leaders or politicians their actions ensured they would forever be thought of as heroes. Others made such bad decisions that they would be marked down as abject failures. While for a few well known military leaders, this is a hidden instance in a previously glorious career when they got it wrong, spectacularly.Written by bestselling author Donough O'Brien, In The Heat of Battle spans the full history of warfare, from Mark Anthony to Rommel and Stalin to Saddam Hussein. Educating, enthralling and entertaining, this is an insightful glance into how reputations can be made or destroyed by a single, fateful decision.

Biographical Note

Donough O'Brien was an officer in the Irish Guards. He has enjoyed an active and successful marketing career in the US and Europe. He serves on the Council of the Friends of the Imperial War Museum. His previous books include Fame by Chance, which looked at places that became famous by twist of fate, and Banana Skins which covered the secrets of the slips and screw ups that brought the famous down to earth.

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