Chuck Steele and John M. JenningsSep 4, 2023
The Worst Military Leaders in History
Reaktion Books 2023
For Chuck Steele and John M. Jennings's book The Worst Military Leaders in History (Reaktion Books, 2022), fifteen distinguished historians were given a deceptively simple task: identify their choice for the worst military leader in history, and then explain why theirs is the worst. From the clueless Conrad von Hötzendorf and George A. Custer to the criminal Baron Roman F. von Ungern-Sternberg and the bungling Garnet Wolseley, this book presents a rogues’ gallery of military incompetents. While there are plenty of books that analyse the keys to success, this collection offers lessons of failure to avoid. In other words, The Worst Military Leaders in History, now in paperback, is a ‘how-not-to’ guide to leadership.
This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars.