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Unknown Soldiers Podcast Episode #46, "The Chains of Command", Sources

Hey everybody! I'm off to National Guard training for two weeks, but here, finally, are the sources I mentioned in my episode. Enjoy the reading material!


Clausewitz, Karl von, On War, translated and edited by Michael Howard and Peter Paret. New York: Princeton University Press, 1984.

Keegan, John. The Mask of Command. New York: Penguin, 1988. (This book inspired this episode, but it is a bit dense for the casual reader.)


Cartledge, Paul. Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past. New York: Vintage, 2004.

Fox, Robin Lane. Alexander the Great. London: Allen Lane, 1973.

Green, Peter. Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 BC. A Historical Biography. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Hanson, Victor Davis. Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Culture. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

(Note about Hanson: his work is very controversial and he is something of a right wing polemicist in his non historical hours, so take his work with a grain of salt.)


Chandler, David. The Campaigns of Napoleon. New York: Scribner, 1966.

Elting, John R. Swords Around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande Armee. New York: Free Press, 1988.

Esdaile, Charles J. Napoleon's Wars: An International History, 1803-1815. London: Allen Lane, 2007.

Roberts, Andrew. Napoleon: A Life. New York: Penguin, 2014.

Rothenberg, Gunther E. The Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.


Boff, Jonathan. Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Holmes, Richard. Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front. London: HarperCollins, 2004.

Philpott, William. War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War. New York: Abrams Press, 2015.

Sheffield, Gary. Forgotten Victory: The First World War: Myths and Realities. London: Headline, 2001.

Sheffield, Gary. The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army. London, Aurum Press, 2012.

Showalter, Dennis. Instrument of War: The German Army, 1914-1918. New York: Osprey, 2016. (THIS BOOK IS THE BOMB FYI)


Matthews, Owen. Overreach: The Inside Story of Putin's War Against Ukraine. London: Mudlark, 2023.

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