World War II Book Group

The World War II Book Group will discuss Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century by Alastair Horne (Harper, $16.99). From the 1905 Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War, to Hitler's 1941 bid to capture Moscow, to MacArthur's disastrous advance in Korea, to the French downfall at Dien Bien Phu, Horne shows how each of these battles was won or lost due to excessive hubris on one side or the other. Horne provides a meticulously detailed analysis of the ground maneuvers employed by the opposing armies in each battle. He also explores the strategic and psychological mindset of the military leaders involved to demonstrate how devastating combinations of human ambition and arrogance led to overreach. Making clear the danger of hubris in warfare, his insights hold resonant lessons for civilian and military leaders navigating today's complex global landscape.

Event date: 
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
The Bookworm
Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062397812
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - November 22nd, 2016