The Mavericks by Robert Harvey
A work that suggests that it is going to look at “military mavericks in the golden age of military history” but it is overly focused on Anglo – American commanders while dismissing the claims of others. The list of twelve “mavericks” (in chapter order) :-
While many on the list are quite deserving, others such as Washington and Macarthur are questionable. Furthermore the inclusion of naval commanders Nelson and Cochrane in a work on military commanders was a surprise. Certainly these two are worthy of inclusion but the author, Robert Harvey, needs to expand his definition.
The introduction entitled “the golden age of military leadership” raises a number of significant issues such as defining the “golden age” and arguing why each “maverick” was included. What was intriguing was the time spent praising the work of
Other issues that touched a nerve with the reviewed were the continued promotion of the concept that the British maintained strict “Prussian” tactics during the War of Independence against American guerrillas and the implication victory in Papua and New Guinea was purely a Macarthur led American victory. In response to the first issue
The intentions of this work are noble presenting twelve individuals who are seen to change the course of military history. Certainly it is well written by an experienced writer but the choices of “mavericks” can mainly be criticised for its Anglo – American focus. The claims of