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Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century by [Alistair Horne]

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Sir Alistair Horne is the author of over twenty books on history and politics. They include A SAVAGE WAR OF PEACE: ALGERIA 1954-1962 (winner of the Wolfson Prize), THE PRICE OF GLORY: VERDUN 1916 (winner of the Hawthornden Prize), HOW FAR FROM AUSTERLITZ?: NAPOLEON 1805-1815 and SEVEN AGES OF PARIS. In 1969 he founded the Alistair Horne Fellowship, to help young historians at St Antony's College, Oxford. He was awarded the French Legion d'honneur in 1993 and received a knighthood in 2003 for his work on French history. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


The case against the awful consequences of military hubris is not hard to make. But Sir Alistair makes it with erudition and eloquence ... his narrative is never dull; his judgements are informed by a weary understanding of human folly - THE ECONOMIST

A penetrating study ... It is difficult to know whether to admire more the author's mastery of his subject or his literary skills - THE SPECTATOR, Books of the Year 2015

I can think of no one better to tackle the daunting subject of hubris and the punishments that so often follow than Alistair Horne. He brings the necessary wisdom, vast knowledge of the past and understanding of human nature to show the effects of hubris in modern warfare ... A wonderful read.

This is Alistair Horne's 25th book and it is filled with the insights that can come only from a lifetime of studying war. Hubris is his title and his leitmotif ... but there is no hubris in the author himself, who approaches the challenges of writing about Oriental conflicts with a due humility, as well as his customary literary skill

The ancient Greeks used the word 'hubris' to describe ... the arrogant belief that man could challenge the gods and survive ... Horne uses this sobering reflection to illuminate the history of war in the first half of the 20th century, which he does with the elegant readability and sharp insight familiar from his long career - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Horne is always readable and he has a keen eye for sometimes overlooked connections. One need not agree with Alistair Horne's choice of his analysis to welcome a thought-provoking contribution to an old historical theme. - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

In this well written, deeply researched, and persuasively argued book, Horne, the venerable British military historian, looks at six critical battles of the 20th century, focusing on what he argues is a constant that links all of them: the hubristic arrogance exhibited by those on the losing end. In military history, the word hubris is most often used to explain one of the primary flaws of American Vietnam War policymakers, but Horne looks across the 50 years that preceded that engagement ... Horne convincingly argues that "infection by hubris" is alive and well today, and he rounds out the work by discussing ways that 21st-century leaders can work to avoid it - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (USA) --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson (3 September 2015)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 4039 KB
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  • Print length : 337 pages
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