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Ight of Rome against seemingly impossible odds and how the young Napoleon rose to power in dramatic fashion at the Siege of Toulon Heroes Villains is than a collection of individual biographies By examining the complex psychologies of these extraordinary men McLynn builds up a convincing profile of the ultimate warrior Accompanying a major BBC television series this brilliant book takes us into the minds of the greatest warriors in histor Intersting take on warriors McLynn offers a fresh perspective on six warriors and explains what made them great Worth the read if you only read one of the following chapters Richard The Lionheart Attila The Hun and Napoleon Those were the chapters I enjoyed the most and the one I learned the most from Greenlighting (Directors Cut how the young Napoleon rose to power in dramatic fashion at the Siege of Toulon Heroes Villains is than a collection of individual biographies By examining the complex psychologies of these extraordinary men McLynn builds up a convincing profile of the ultimate warrior Accompanying a major BBC television series this brilliant book takes us into the minds of the greatest warriors in Asphodel (The Underworld Trilogy, histor Intersting take on warriors McLynn offers a fresh perspective on six warriors and explains what made them great Worth the read if you only read one of the following chapters Richard The Lionheart Attila The Hun and Napoleon Those were the chapters I enjoyed the most and the one I learned the most from

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Heroes and Villains

In the history of warfare an elite group of men have attained almost legendary status through their courage ambition and unrivalled military genius But many of these same men possessed deep personal character flaws In Heroes Villains acclaimed historian Frank McLynn focuses on six of the most powerful and magnetic leaders of all time Spartacus Attila the Hun Richard the Lionheart Cortés Tokugawa Ieyasu and Napoleon How did these mortal m Overall an enjoyable and informative read If you're the type that likes the disinterested author who presents just the facts this probably isn't the book for you Mr McLynn has very definite points of view on his six subjects Attilla the HunSpartacusCortesRichard the LionheartTokugawa Ieyasoand Napoleonand he doesn't shrink from giving it to youIn brief he sees Attila as of a thuga 5th century BC Tony Soprano that a top flight warrior Spartacus has his meritsbut was crippled by the group of people he was forced to use as his army Cortes was an often brilliantalways charismatic self absorbed criminal Tokugawa he judges to have been a much better politician than warrior The two bios that interested me most were Richard and Napoleon Richard's star has fallen much in modern times When talked about at all it's usualy to discuss his possible homosexuality and whether or not he and the king of France were lovers as well as rivals Mr McLynn leaves all that aside and presents Richard as a master of strategytacticsand logistics Duallity sums up his view on Napoleon He agrees with the sentiment that he had the richest natural gifts ever recieved by mortal man but he also believes his faults may have been even greater Impatience and an internal war between the rational and the romantic are the two that stood out for meI'll close the review with Mr Mc Lynn's own words The great warrior must be a master of strategy and tacticshave high military talentsboldnesscunningself beliefbe luckyfight in the right circumstances and against an almost eually matched foe The Golden Vortex history of warfare an elite group of men El Jarron Azul have attained almost legendary status through their courage ambition and unrivalled military genius But many of these same men possessed deep personal character flaws In Heroes Villains acclaimed Sovereign of Stars (The She-King, historian Frank McLynn focuses on six of the most powerful and magnetic leaders of all time Spartacus Attila the Hun Richard the Lionheart Cortés Tokugawa Ieyasu and Napoleon How did these mortal m Overall an enjoyable and informative read If you're the type that likes the disinterested author who presents just the facts this probably isn't the book for you Mr McLynn Fall of Paris has very definite points of view on Mastering Search Analytics his six subjects Attilla the HunSpartacusCortesRichard the LionheartTokugawa Ieyasoand Napoleonand Loaned he doesn't shrink from giving it to youIn brief Gertrude McFuzz and The Big Brag he sees Attila as of a thuga 5th century BC Tony Soprano that a top flight warrior Spartacus Heal Your Life Now has Bondage For Sex his meritsbut was crippled by the group of people The Monster in the Backpack he was forced to use as The Cruisers (Book his army Cortes was an often brilliantalways charismatic self absorbed criminal Tokugawa You Owe Me a Murder he judges to Visible Panty Line have been a much better politician than warrior The two bios that interested me most were Richard and Napoleon Richard's star Beyond Belief has fallen much in modern times When talked about at all it's usualy to discuss Frenzy his possible La Jalousie homosexuality and whether or not Live and Let Love he and the king of France were lovers as well as rivals Mr McLynn leaves all that aside and presents Richard as a master of strategytacticsand logistics Duallity sums up The Grip of It his view on Napoleon He agrees with the sentiment that The Green Ghost and Other Stories he Iceman Inheritance : Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, Sexism and Aggression had the richest natural gifts ever recieved by mortal man but Bride of Valverde he also believes Serving in Time his faults may Mouse Under Glass have been even greater Impatience and an internal war between the rational and the romantic are the two that stood out for meI'll close the review with Mr Mc Lynn's own words The great warrior must be a master of strategy and tacticshave Calamity high military talentsboldnesscunningself beliefbe luckyfight in the right circumstances and against an almost eually matched foe

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En rise to positions of seemingly invincible power? What were the motives the personal strengths and often weaknesses that drove them to achieve what no one else dared?In six powerful portraits McLynn brilliantly evokes the critical moments when each of these warriors proved themselves in battle changing their own lives the destiny of their people and in some cases the history of the world We discover what drove Spartacus to take on the m There was not a great deal of being inside the mind as I thought there would be Wholly Unraveled history of the world We discover what drove Spartacus to take on the m There was not a great deal of being inside the mind as I thought there would be


10 thoughts on “Heroes and Villains

  1. says:

    Overall an enjoyable and informative read If you're the type that likes the disinterested author who presents just the facts this probably isn't the book for you Mr McLynn has very definite points of view on his six subjects Attilla the HunSpartacusCortesRichard the LionheartTokugawa Ieyasoand Napoleonand he doesn't shrink from giving it to youIn brief he sees Attila as of a thuga 5th century BC Tony Soprano that a top flight warrior Spartacus has his meritsbut was crippled by the group of people he was forced to use as his army Cortes was an often brilliantalways charismatic self absorbed criminal Tokugawa he judges to have been a much better politician than warrior The two bios that interested me most were Richard and Napoleon Richard's star has fallen much in modern times When talked about at all it's usualy to discuss his possible homosexuality and whether or not he and the king of France were lovers as well as rivals Mr McLynn leaves all that aside and presents Richard as a master of strategytacticsand logistics Duallity sums up his view on Napoleon He agrees with the sentiment that he had the richest natural gifts ever recieved by mortal man but he also believes his faults may have been even greater Impatience and an internal war between the rational and the romantic are the two that stood out for meI'll close the review with Mr Mc Lynn's own words The great warrior must be a master of strategy and tacticshave high military talentsboldnesscunningself beliefbe luckyfight in the right circumstances and against an almost eually matched foe


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    McLynn wanted to examine some of the greatest warriors in history and look at what made them great He wanted to try and find what makes a warrior a warrior In doing so he decided to examine six men from different backgrounds Spartacus Attila the Hun Richard the Lionheart Hernan Cortes Tokugawa Ieyasu and Napoleon Bonaparte He never clearly lists his reasons for selecting these men but it is nice to read about warriors fighting from such varied backgrounds in different eras and in different areasThe book is nice overview but at times it falls short For example the section on Napoleon is devoted to a single campaign while Tokugawa Ieyasu gets a general approach The chapter entitled The Warrior Mind is the weakest chapter of the bunch McLynn brings up a few points that I think should be fleshed out better specifically his assertion that the so called Guns Germs and Steel thesis of why Cortes was able to defeat the Aztecs is not a convincing argument There are a few errors throughout the text often with namesOverall it is an easy read and certainly an excellent introduction to each of these incredible men There are maps for each chapter to make the specifics of the battles or movements easier to picture and also a section with artifacts and paintings With a little focus and an expanded introduction this book would have received a higher ranking


  3. says:

    In the last Chapter McLynn explores what he considers to be the characteristics motivations and leadership and 'warriorship' The rest of the book takes a globe spanning list of 6 representative warriors and while not giving a comprehensive overview of their careers focuses on one particular battle or campaign in exuisite and readable detail to illustrate their ualities I particularly liked the section on Attila the Hun if for no other reason that he's almost a household name and yet there is paltry material about him and the real story of the epic changes he brought to Europe and the course of civilizationAn easy read


  4. says:

    Not a bad look at these 6 men of history and what they accomplished and their overall affect on history The author also does a pretty good job of discussing the psychology of the men and doing a small comparison of them against each other Nothing spectacular about the book but a great way to spend some time reading a favorite topic history


  5. says:

    There was not a great deal of being inside the mind as I thought there would be


  6. says:

    This was an interesting book McLynn starts off by saying that warriors must like artists have a different way of thinking than other people and to prove it he charts the military and political careers of six such historic figures Spartacus Attila the Hun Richard the Lionhearted Cortes Tokugawa Ieyaso and Napoleon Bonaparte All of these men faced challenges beyond the battlefield and McLynn does a good job of showing that for many reputation was greater than their actual achievements and their own flaws were often what brought them down when all was said and done


  7. says:

    Intersting take on warriors McLynn offers a fresh perspective on six warriors and explains what made them great Worth the read if you only read one of the following chapters Richard The Lionheart Attila The Hun and Napoleon Those were the chapters I enjoyed the most and the one I learned the most from


  8. says:

    I would have enjoyed it if the book were deeper Mile wide inch deep Odd middle ground of informative and assuming you know the stories of their campaigns Learned a lot but I wanted


  9. says:

    Good overview of six famous warriors and study of warrior mentality No end notes only an annotated bibliography I would have liked to have seen some historical backup for some of his conclusions


  10. says:

    Enjoyed reading it though all were villains by today's standards Good to compare what they did with talents and options available to them