Contents: Introduction. 1. Sargon of Akkad. 2. The sea peoples. 3. Cyrus the great. 4. Sun Tzu. 5. Alexander the great. 6. Chandragupta Maurya. 7. Hannibal. 8. Qin Shih Huang. 9. Julius Caesar. 10. Attila the Hun. 11. Muhammad. 12. Charlemagne. 13. Otto the great. 14. Toghril Beg. 15. William the conqueror. 16. Saladin. 17. Genghis Khan. 18. Enrico Dandolo. 19. Joan of Arc. 20. Mehmed II. 21. Franciso de Almeida. 22. Hernan Cortes. 23. Francisco Pizarro. 24. Ivan IV. 25. Yi Sun-sin. 26. Tokugawa Ieyasu. 27. Maurice of Nassau. 28. Jean Baptiste de Gribreauval. 29. Peter the great. 30. Robert Clive. 31. George Washington. 32. Benedict Arnold. 33. Napoleon I. 34. Horatio Nelson. 35. Carl von Clausewitz. 36. Simon Bolivar. 37. Jose de San Martin. 38. Sam Houston. 39. Winfield Scott. 40. Helmuth von Moltke. 41. Ulysses S. Grant. 42. Alfred Thayer Mahan. 43. Togo Heihachiro. 44. Giulio Douhet. 45. Adolf Hitler. 46. Heinz Guderian. 47. Yamamoto Isoroku. 48. Raymond Spruance. 49. Mao Zedong. 50. Matthew B. Ridgway. Honorable mentions. Bibliography. Additional resources. Index. About the author.
"50 Military Leaders 'Who Changed the World' does not celebrate warfare, but rather shines its spotlight on the leader the author believes have had the greatest impact on world history.
This book includes not necessarily the "best" leaders, the most innovative strategists, craftiest tacticians, or even the bravest, smartest, or most admirable people. They were, however, the men and women who, for good or ill, entered the field of battle and left the world much changed upon their exit.
Some, such as Genghis Khan, were brilliant. Others, such as Ivan the Terrible, were mediocre generals, at best. While Joan of Arc is officially a saint, Adolf Hitler is universally considered a monster, Attila the Hun raped, pillaged, and brutally killed thousands, and Mao Zedong killed millions more than even Hitler.
You may remember some or most of the men and women in this book. You may honor some and revile others. But after reading this book you won't deny that these are the leaders who made the greatest impact on humankind's brief history on this planet." (jacket)