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eBook The Greenhill Dictionary Of Military Quotations ePub

by Peter G. Tsouras

  • ISBN: 1853673900
  • Category: Historical Study and Educational Resources
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Peter G. Tsouras
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; First edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 576
  • ePub book: 1753 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1218 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Start by marking The Greenhill Dictionary Of Military Quotations as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. The quotes, fully sourced and dated, are broken down into more than 480 categories and subjects covering courage, danger, failure, leadership, luck, military intelligence, tactics, training, guerrilla warfare and victory.

My ambition was to write a book that would not be forgotten in two or three years, and which anyone interested in the subject would certainly take up more than once. (Major-General Carl von Clausewitz, On War, 1832). This might perhaps be the reason that Peter Tsouras produced this dictionary, in that it is a book that you may dip into for a particular subject, but results in compulsive detailed reading to discover a vast range of words of wisdom/common sense from military characters throughout the ages.

Peter G. Tsouras (Re., a military historian and analyst, has compiled a huge wealth of comfort for the aspiring military . No keyword index, familiar to connoisseurs of quotation books, is included, but such an index would only increase the weight as well as the cost of the volume., a military historian and analyst, has compiled a huge wealth of comfort for the aspiring military mind. Finding aids include a table of contents listing all the topics included in the book and four useful indexes. Tsouras is a military historian and author. A Greek-American, he served in the United States Army and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in armor, military intelligence, and civil affairs assignments

Peter G. He served in armor, military intelligence, and civil affairs assignments. He currently works as a senior analyst with the Battelle Corporation and resides in Alexandria, Virginia. He has written extensively in the field of military alternative history. Alexander: Invincible King of Macedonia.

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Once too often in the War Between the States, Great Britain’s support for the Confederacy takes it to the brink of war with the Union. Tsouras reaffirms his status as a leading author of alternate military history in this story of a path untaken: the outbreak in 1863 of a war between Great Britain and the Union. The cause of the conflict is plausible, the details of combat are credible, and the narrative is a page-turner. He is a master of synergizing reality and fiction. From the bayous of Louisiana to the green hills of the Hudson Valley, from Chicago in flames to the gates of Washington itself, the Great War uncoils in ropes of fire.

Dictionary of Military Quotations Hardcover – 15 August 2006. by Peter G. Tsouras (Author). ISBN-13: 978-8170492993. Product Dimensions: . x . inches. These memorable sayings present all facets on the experience of war and incorporate the distilled wisdom of soldiers and leaders across the ages.

This dictionary has been compiled from extensive evidence of the quotations that are actually used in this wa.

This dictionary has been compiled from extensive evidence of the quotations that are actually used in this way. The dictionary includes the commonest quotations which were found in a collection of more than 200,000 citations assembled by combing books, magazines, and newspapers. Popularity and familiarity are the main criteria for inclusion, although no reader is likely to be familiar with all the quotations in this dictionary.

Includes bibliographical references (p. -549) and indexes. Personal Name: Tsouras, Peter. Publication & Distribution: Laguna Hills, Calif. Rubrics: War Quotations, maxims, etc Military art and science. Sandwiches for Duke Judy Ann Sadler ; illustrated by Lorna Bennett.

More by Peter G. Tsouras. Warriors' Words: A Dictionary of Military Quotations. Panzers on the Eastern Front: General Erhard Raus and his Panzer Divisions in Russia 1941-1945. Erhard Raus, Peter G. Civil War Quotations: In the Words of the Commanders. Britannia's Fist: From Civil War to World War: An Alternate History. Montezuma: Warlord of the Aztecs (Potomac Books' Military Profiles).

This is an epic new volume bringing 4,000 years of military history to life through the words of more than 800 soldiers, commanders, military theorists and commentators on war. Diverse personalities - including Napoleon, Machiavelli, Ataturk, 'Che' Guevara, Rommel, Julius Caesar, Wellington, Eisenhower, Crazy House, T.E. Lawrence and many more - immortalize every facet of the experience of war from the sack of Summerian Ur in 2000 BC to the present day. The quotes, fully sourced and dated, are broken down into more than 480 categories and subjects covering courage, danger, failure, leadership, luck, military intelligence, tactics, training, guerrilla warfare and victory.

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I bought this book for my son who is a military/history buff and is entering college next year. I just picked it up as an "extra" gift at Christmas. Never has my money been so well spent! Every trip we take, the book is with him. In the evenings, the book is on the table beside his chair and at least once or twice a week, he picks it up and reads and many times reads from it to me. He loves it and I'm so glad I bought it for him.
Rollers from Abdun Rollers from Abdun
excellent
Valawye Valawye
My Rating would be 3 1/2 stars.
Historian Barbara Tuchman commented tartly that "Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general." Lt.-Col. Peter G. Tsouras (Ret.), a military historian and analyst, has compiled a huge wealth of comfort for the aspiring military mind. In this new paperback edition of a reference book first published in 2000 (which in turn was an update of the author's earlier Warrior Words) Tsouras offers around 6,000 quotations from more than 800 warriors and military thinkers arranged under nearly 500 subject headings. Tsouras has revised, expanded and reorganized the previous work to produce this new edition.
Tsouras includes quotes from the dawn of history, the sack of Ur, in 2000 B.C.E. to the current Gulf War. Quotes range from the well-known to those selected by the editor himself for the utility. Tsouras states that that his intention was that the subject headings employed should be those which reflect the "essence of the profession of arms, the realm of ideas rather than objects." We get therefore sections on "Attack," "Operational Art," "Centre of Gravity" and "Unity of Command." Also included are topics concerning the human factors in war, "Morale," "Judgement," and "Comradeship and The Band of Brothers." Tsouras has chosen, where possible, to include the context of the quotes he has selected, rather than just the shorter pithier version.
Authors of quotes run the gamut from literary writers and historians like Homer, Plutarch and Ernie Pyle, "Great Captains" like Alexander, Caesar and Frederick the Great, military theorists such as Sun Tzu, Clausewitz and Alfred Thayer Mahan, or "fighting men" like Marshal Ney, Joshua Chamberlain and Marshal Zhukov. For the Napoleonic era, the garrulous Napoleon gets almost 180 quotes, by far the most prolific. The comparatively taciturn Wellington by contrast has fewer than a hundred, Blucher a mere four and Archduke Charles only three. For other names from the era, Marshal Berthier gets nine quotes, Adm. Nelson gets 37, Clausewitz over 100.
Quotes range from the colorful, including General Lepic's "Heads up, for God's sake! Those are bullets-not turds!" to the instructive, such as Clausewitz's "Everything in war is simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. The difficulties accumulate and end by producing a kind of friction that is inconceivable unless one has experienced war...Countless minor incidents-the kind you can never really foresee-combine to lower the general level of performance, so that one always falls far short of the intended goal...." Compulsive browsing is always a danger with books of this nature.
Within the subject arrangement the quotes are arranged chronologically. Arrangement by subject matter and time allows for interesting juxtapositions of quotes such as Wellington stating, "It is necessary to attend to all this detail and to trace a biscuit from Lisbon into a man's mouth on the frontier and to provide for its removal from place to place by land or by water, or no military operations can be carried out." And Napoleon's statement, "...If [a commander] allows himself to be guided by the supply officers he will never move and his expedition will fail." This arrangement is not, however, useful for finding a specific quote, but as mentioned elsewhere an index does provide page references to the most famous quotations. No keyword index, familiar to connoisseurs of quotation books, is included, but such an index would only increase the weight as well as the cost of the volume.
Finding aids include a table of contents listing all the topics included in the book and four useful indexes. These indexes include one for quickly locating "Well-Known Quotations" such as "England expects..." or "An army marches on its stomach." About 600 quotes are so identified.
A second index, a "Biographical Index," lists alphabetically all the authors of the quotes, plus the authors' dates and a few words identifying them. Page references to all their quotes are given, but column or page location of a given quote is not indicated. With only about ten quotes to a page, locating an individual quote is not difficult. The editor does indicate, however, incidences where more than a single quote appears on a page. Also included is an "Index of Battles and Campaigns," where one can find such quotes as "...next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained...." (Waterloo) or "Soldiers! Forty centuries behold you!" (Battle of the Pyramids). Finally an "Index of Generals, Soldiers and War Leaders" is provided which points to quotes by others about famous military men, such as J.F.C. Fuller's comment, "Do not let my opponents castigate me with the blather that Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton, for the fact remains geographically, historically and tactically, whether the great Duke uttered such nonsense or not, that it was won on the fields of Belgium, by carrying out a fundamental principle of war, the principle of mass..." Lastly, a bibliography of the works used in compiling this collection is included.
Every review must include a few quibbles and this one will be no exception. Tsoras references every quote, but in many instances these references are to secondary sources, rather than the original source. However one may in many instances find the origin of the quote from that secondary source. For example, the editor may reference C. Herold's Mind of Napoleon, and that work usually does provide a direct reference to the original source. A cross reference from a subject heading to related topics might be helpful, such as pointing from "Casualties" to "The Wounded"- the difference between these two related topics may not be apparent to the reader at first glance. Tsouras quotes the so-called mot de Cambronne, adding that the "Guard dies but does not surrender" is apocryphal, but does not call the more earthy quote into question.
In the final analysis, Tsouras has continued to improve and expand this entertaining and informative volume. Whether you are a student looking for choice quotes for a paper, a military man seeking "comfort," or a military history buff, whether you are just browsing or looking for an apropos quotation, you will find much of value in these pages.
Windbearer Windbearer
Greenhill has done it again, giving us a superb volume that is of immense help to researchers, historians, and history buffs. Edited by Peter Tsouras, and enlarging his original work, Warrior's Words, this exhaustive, interesting, and most useful volume gives us insight into such well-known great commanders and leaders as George Washington, Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, George Patton, and Norman Schwartzkopf, as well as lesser known professionals and masters of the art of war as Turenne, Folard, Lloyd, Belisarius, Xenophon, and Scharnhorst.
The scope of the volume is immense, from earliest recorded history to the present day. Flipping through the numerous categories, such as morale, chief of staff, loyalty and myriad others, reading the recorded wisdom of those who have hefted spear and shield, sword and buckler, shield and pilum, pike and musket, and musket and bayonet on battlefields from ancient Troy to Kuwait and Iraq. Each quotation is documented and the entire volume is a thorough study of both quotations and the minds of those who spoke the words.
This book is vital to the study of military history. It is logically arranged, the quotes are pertinent both to historian and today's military professionals, and is loaded with interesting information and interesting, snap-shot glimpses into the minds of the authors, sometimes revealing their character.
I especially enjoyed the dedication from LtCol Tsouras, to the US Marine Corps, referring to them as the 'velociraptors in an age of sheep' and 'America's touchstone of valor.' In my opinion, he hit the nail on the proverbial head. As one who wore the Marine Corps uniform in both peace and war, my hat is off to you, LtCol Tsouras, and thanks for the compliments. That, and your excellent effort with this book, speaks volumes for your character and knowledge. Well done.
If you don't own this book, you are cheating yourself of an immense opportunity and intellectual treat. We all owe LtCol Tsouras and Greenhill a very large vote of thanks.