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Ashley Smith History 406 12600 Book Report 1 In his book The Warlords AJP Taylor defines a warlord as a man of great of unique power dominating both the military and civil affairs of his country a dictator whose power was unlimited and who made all vital decisions Taylor 16 Taylor is trying to portray Joseph Stalin Denito Mussolini Adolf Hilter Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt as warlords by his definition He uses many examples of events during World War II that show how these men are dictators and can dominate military powers I believe that the author is fairly successful in showing that these men are warlords however there are several instances where Taylor seems to contradict himself First his definition says a warlord must be a man of great power and control his military In the case of Mussolini Taylor tells how he was noted as being a lazy man and how he lied about the actual size of his army Taylor also talks about how Mussolini only consisted of Smith 2 impression and how without Hitler he would have never become anything after his resignation of commander- in- chief Also Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt were not dictators of their countries and therefore only fit half of the authors definition Taylor does a good job in general of proving that these five men are warlords however he leaves a few loopholes for others to argue his theories No one disputes that these men are leaders in their own way but they do not all fit the authors exact definition of a warlord This book was well written and well organized By reading this book you not only learn about the lives and politics of these five men but you also learn a lot about many different events in World War II I feel like I came away from this book knowing much more than
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