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Spanning over 60 years of military leadership in India, this unique book brings to life the human side of twelve exceptional military leaders. Unlike traditional biographies of combat leaders which focus primarily on military operations or regimental histories, the author concentrates on personal accounts, anecdotes and reminiscences in order to highlight these leaders` pe Spanning over 60 years of military leadership in India, this unique book brings to life the human side of twelve exceptional military leaders. Unlike traditional biographies of combat leaders which focus primarily on military operations or regimental histories, the author concentrates on personal accounts, anecdotes and reminiscences in order to highlight these leaders` personalities, and to draw out the human face behind the military facade. The author argues that written records tend to glorify the actions of battalions as well as individuals, magnifying achievements while suppressing the mistakes and glossing over failures. This book, on the other hand, provides a truer picture of the strength of character and convictions of each of these leaders. The book throws new light on many historical events and the role of political leaders during India`s fight for independence and the partitioning of the subcontinent. The author gives an overview of India`s military history after independence, including major operations such as the wars with China in 1962, and with Pakistan in 1947, 1965 and 1971. He describes many hitherto unknown or little known facts and incidents concerning smaller operations like Nathu La in 1967 and Goa in 1962.


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Spanning over 60 years of military leadership in India, this unique book brings to life the human side of twelve exceptional military leaders. Unlike traditional biographies of combat leaders which focus primarily on military operations or regimental histories, the author concentrates on personal accounts, anecdotes and reminiscences in order to highlight these leaders` pe Spanning over 60 years of military leadership in India, this unique book brings to life the human side of twelve exceptional military leaders. Unlike traditional biographies of combat leaders which focus primarily on military operations or regimental histories, the author concentrates on personal accounts, anecdotes and reminiscences in order to highlight these leaders` personalities, and to draw out the human face behind the military facade. The author argues that written records tend to glorify the actions of battalions as well as individuals, magnifying achievements while suppressing the mistakes and glossing over failures. This book, on the other hand, provides a truer picture of the strength of character and convictions of each of these leaders. The book throws new light on many historical events and the role of political leaders during India`s fight for independence and the partitioning of the subcontinent. The author gives an overview of India`s military history after independence, including major operations such as the wars with China in 1962, and with Pakistan in 1947, 1965 and 1971. He describes many hitherto unknown or little known facts and incidents concerning smaller operations like Nathu La in 1967 and Goa in 1962.

30 review for Leadership in the Indian Army: Biographies of Twelve Soldiers

  1. 4 out of 5

    B. Henry

    The book definitely gives idea about some great leaders, particularly many who were not familiar to the general public. As such, the book itself has a great value. However, the book has the following disadvantages. 1) It is clear that the author, who was a Maj. General during the time of publishing, was using the book as a platform to showcase him as a disciplined military history student and thereby get him noticed to the concerned circles. 2) The author has written the book on the assumption th The book definitely gives idea about some great leaders, particularly many who were not familiar to the general public. As such, the book itself has a great value. However, the book has the following disadvantages. 1) It is clear that the author, who was a Maj. General during the time of publishing, was using the book as a platform to showcase him as a disciplined military history student and thereby get him noticed to the concerned circles. 2) The author has written the book on the assumption that the reader has strong familiarisation with Indian army operational procedures and associated words. 3) Many time the author goes extreme in length of recounting the incident (where the corresponding person had shown his judgement or valour) and as such make the readers wonder, whether the author had deviated from his objective; that is follow in line with the title of the book. 4) The book lacks maps and associated information, when the author recounts some famous military operations. As such a civilian reader may find it difficult to comprehend those operations completely. 5) It would have been a nice book, had it followed the concept of another book titled “The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell”, where one particular strong leadership quality is attributed to each military leader. It is hoped that this will happen in the revised editions. 6) A normal reader can’t be blamed, if he wonders that the author was trying to glorify the escapades of some of the leaders. 7) The current whereabouts of some of the military leaders mentioned is sketchy (at least at the time of publishing of the book).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dinesh Pratap Singh Rathore

    An excellent book containing detailed biographies of some of the greatest officers of Indian Army. What's great about it: 1. Detailing in the narration. A delight for someone who understands military lingo to some extent. 2. The flow of stories is very good and engrossing. Shows the humane aspect of these leaders quite well. 3. Leadership lessons from lives of these soldiers has been brought out well. 4. Selections of the leaders is quite balanced. What's not so great: 1. The book is not very balanced An excellent book containing detailed biographies of some of the greatest officers of Indian Army. What's great about it: 1. Detailing in the narration. A delight for someone who understands military lingo to some extent. 2. The flow of stories is very good and engrossing. Shows the humane aspect of these leaders quite well. 3. Leadership lessons from lives of these soldiers has been brought out well. 4. Selections of the leaders is quite balanced. What's not so great: 1. The book is not very balanced in terms of telling the negative sides of leaders and army ops. But it is very much understandable because it comes from an armyman himself. 2. A reader with no exposure to military reading before, may find it too detailed and may be boring. 3. Lack of maps. Overall a great read for an Indian Army enthusiast.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nadar Vinod

    Story of few who influenced so many Each of the twelve soldiers impact so much! So humane yet so focused to serve the country exceedingly passionate & lead by example. I wanted to read about Thorat sir. Read in one go, and the book keeps you engaged.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vaishnav

    Stories of leadership told in layman's language. Must read for those who want a glimpse into a professional organization and it's early history. Stories of leadership told in layman's language. Must read for those who want a glimpse into a professional organization and it's early history.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gajveer Rathore

    Best book to not only know about the twelve great soldiers or the leader of Indian Army but to better understand the history of Indian army before and after Independence.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ngampu Kilong

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandesh

  8. 4 out of 5

    Pawan

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sushanta Sarma

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anurag

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shubham Bhoir

  12. 4 out of 5

    Venkatraman

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hussain

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shivanjay

  15. 4 out of 5

    Praneeth

  16. 5 out of 5

    Prabhodya Singh

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vishal Rai

  18. 4 out of 5

    Harry Dhaliwal

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anoop Shukla

  20. 4 out of 5

    Arun Sashi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Puspen Ghosh

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zareer k Maneck

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shivanjay Yadav

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bhaskar Narain Rai Deb Barma

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pankaj Kumar

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mahender

  27. 5 out of 5

    Himanshu Roliyan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dsuuuehiu

  29. 4 out of 5

    manali

  30. 4 out of 5

    PRASHANT KHANDAGALE

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