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The orthodoxy regarding the relationship between politicians and
military leaders in wartime democracies contends that politicians
should declare a military operation''s objectives and then step
aside and leave the business of war to the military. In this timely
and controversial examination of civilian-military relations in
wartime democracies, Eliot A. Cohen chips away at this time-honored
belief with case studies of statesmen who dared to prod, provoke,
and even defy their military officers to great effect.
Using the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Georges Clemenceau,
Winston Churchill, and David Ben-Gurion to build his argument,
Cohen offers compelling proof that, as Clemenceau put it, "War is
too important to leave to the generals." By examining the shared
leadership traits of four politicians who triumphed in
extraordinarily varied military campaigns, Cohen argues that active
statesmen make the best wartime leaders, pushing their military
subordinates to succeed where they might have failed if left to
their own devices. Thought provoking and soundly argued, Cohen''s
Supreme Command is essential reading not only for
military and political players but also for informed citizens and
anyone interested in leadership.