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Gabriel, Richard A.

Works: 131 works in 493 publications in 2 languages and 25,339 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Biographies  Prayers and devotions 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: UA23, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard A Gabriel
Great captains of antiquity by Richard A Gabriel( )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,842 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great armies of antiquity by Richard A Gabriel( )

15 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gabriel examines 18 ancient army systems, examining the organizational structure and weapons employed and the degree to which cultural values and imperatives shaped the form and application of military force. The tactical doctrines and specific operational capabilities of each army are analyzed to explain how certain technical limitations and societal/cultural imperatives affected the operational capabilities of ancient armies. Cross-cultural and cross-historical connections ground the analysis in the larger historical context of the ancient world."--Jacket
Gods of our fathers : the memory of Egypt in Judaism and Christianity by Richard A Gabriel( )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scipio Africanus : Rome's greatest general by Richard A Gabriel( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The world often misunderstands its greatest men while neglecting others entirely. Scipio Africanus, surely the greatest general that Rome produced, suffered both these fates. He should be heralded and celebrated today; but he is not. So who is Scipio Africanus?" "He is the man who defeated Hannibal at the Battle of Zama and won the Second Punic War. He is the man who revolutionized Roman military tactics. He is the man who set Rome on her imperial course and extended Roman power into Spain, Africa, and Asia. And he is the man who, upon returning victorious to Rome - one of few generals who never tasted defeat - turned away from the temptation of personal ambition and retired from public life, preserving the institutions of Roman republicanism." "Yet today he is virtually unknown, overshadowed ironically by Hannibal, a man he defeated. Richard A. Gabriel brings Scipio Africanus front and center with this scholarly and heretofore unmatched military biography of the distinguished Roman soldier. Gabriel draws on ancient texts, including those from Livy, Polybius, Diodorus. Silius Italicus, and others, as primary sources and examines a plethora of additional material available to the modern scholar in French, German, English, and Italian. His book offers a comprehensive bibliography of extant sources regarding Scipio's life."--Jacket
Hannibal : the military biography of Rome's greatest enemy by Richard A Gabriel( )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Romans' destruction of Carthage after the Third Punic War erased any Carthaginian historical record of Hannibal's life. What is known of him comes exclusively from Roman historians who had every interest in minimizing his success, exaggerating his failures, and disparaging his character. The charges leveled against Hannibal include greed, cruelty and atrocity, sexual indulgence, and even cannibalism. But even these sources were forced to grudgingly admit to Hannibal's military genius, if only to make their eventual victory over him appear greater. Yet there is no doubt that Hannibal was the greatest Carthaginian general of the Second Punic War. When he did not defeat them outright, he fought to a standstill the best generals Rome produced, and he sustained his army in the field for sixteen long years without mutiny or desertion. Hannibal was a first-rate tactician, only a somewhat lesser strategist, and the greatest enemy Rome ever faced. When he at last met defeat at the hands of the Roman general Scipio, it was against an experienced officer who had to strengthen and reconfigure the Roman legion and invent mobile tactics in order to succeed. Even so, Scipio's victory at Zama was against an army that was a shadow of its former self. The battle could easily have gone the other way. If it had, the history of the West would have been changed in ways that can only be imagined. In this publication, the author shows how Hannibal's genius nearly unseated the Roman Empire
Philip II of Macedonia : greater than Alexander by Richard A Gabriel( )

11 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Philip II of Macedonia (382-336 BCE), unifier of Greece, author of Greece's first federal constitution, founder of the first territorial state with a centralized administrative structure in Europe, forger of the first Western national army, first great general of the Greek imperial age, strategic and tactical genius, and military reformer who revolutionized warfare in Greece and the West, was one of the greatest captains in the military history of the West. Philip prepared the ground, assembled the resources, conceived the strategic vision, and launched the first modern, tactically sophisticated and strategically capable army in Western military history, making the later victories of his son Alexander possible. Philip's death marked the passing of the classical age of Greek history and warfare and the beginning of its imperial age. To Philip belongs the title of the first great general of a new age of warfare in the West, an age that he initiated with his introduction of a new instrument of war, the Macedonian phalanx, and the tactical doctrines to ensure its success. As a practitioner of the political art, Philip also had no equal. In all these things, Philip exceeded Alexander's triumphs. This book establishes Philip's legitimate and deserved place in military history, which, until now, has been largely minimized in favor of his son by the classicist writers who have dominated the field of ancient biography. Richard Gabriel, renowned military historian, has given us the first military biography of Philip II of Macedonia
Thutmose III : the military biography of Egypt's greatest warrior king by Richard A Gabriel( )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Warrior pharaoh -- The man -- Early years -- The rise to power -- Strategist -- The Egyptian Alexander -- Succession -- Strategic setting -- Egypt -- The land of Canaan -- The Mitanni -- Nubia -- The antagonists -- Pharaoh's army -- The Mitannian army -- The armies of the Canaanites -- Nubian armies -- The Battle of Megiddo -- Thutmose's army -- The advance to Yehem -- The march to Megiddo -- The battle -- The siege -- The campaign in Canaan -- The second, third, and fourth expeditions -- The fifth campaign -- The campaign for the Lebanon coast -- The sixth campaign -- The Egyptian navy -- Thutmose's invasion force -- Invasion -- The seventh campaign -- The Euphrates campaign -- The march to the Euphrates -- The battle -- The attack on Kadesh -- The counterinsurgency campaign -- The strategy -- Revolt and suppression -- Epilogue -- Final years -- Legacy
The ancient world by Richard A Gabriel( )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between flesh and steel : a history of military medicine from the Middle Ages to the war in Afghanistan by Richard A Gabriel( )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last five centuries, the development of modern weapons and warfare has created an entirely new set of challenges for practitioners in the field of military medicine. Here is traced the historical development of military medicine from the Middle Ages to modern times. It focuses on three key elements: the modifications in warfare and weapons whose increased killing power radically changed the medical challenges that battle surgeons faced in dealing with casualties, advancements in medical techniques that increased the effectiveness of military medical care, and changes that finally brought about the establishment of military medical care system in modern times. Other topics include the rise of the military surgeon, the invention of anesthesia, and the emergence of such critical disciplines as military psychiatry and bacteriology
The military history of ancient Israel by Richard A Gabriel( )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The goal was not to produce merely a description and analysis of Israelite battles in chronological order, but to attempt to discern the military history of ancient Israel as a continuous narrative from the exodus through to the breakup of the imperial state following Solomon's death. The idea was to search the biblical texts for all references to military matters and see if sense could be made of them from a purely military perspective, all others for the moment being disregarded ... [The author has confined his] analysis to the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and I and II Samuel, texts that encompass the time of the Israelite descent into Egypt through to the death of Solomon. It is only after Solomon that our information concerning Israelite military history can begin to be corroborated from other sources outside the biblical text. The analysis presented herein, then, is confined to the earliest sources of Israelite military history"--Preface
Man and wound in the ancient world : a history of military medicine from Sumer to the fall of Constantinople by Richard A Gabriel( )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Military incompetence : why the American military doesn't win by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since 1970, American forces have been committed in five operations ... and in each case they have failed."
Crisis in command : mismanagement in the Army by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

12 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Muhammad : Islam's first great general by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Best known as the founder of a major religion, Muhammad was also a military leader - Islam's first great general. While there have been numerous accounts of Muhammad the Prophet, this is the first military biography of the man." "In Muhammad: Islam's First Great General, Richard A. Gabriel shows us a type of warrior never before seen in antiquity - a leader of an all-new religious movement who in a single decade fought eight major battles, led eighteen raids, and planned thirty-eight other military operations. Offering, more detailed descriptions of battles than those found in other accounts, Gabriel's study portrays Muhammad as a revolutionary who introduced military innovations that transformed armies and warfare throughout the Arab world." "Gabriel analyzes the social, economic, and cultural environment in which Muhammad lived and the religion he inspired as they relate to his military achievements. Gabriel explains how Muhammad changed the social composition of Arab armies by replacing the traditional way of fighting - as individuals and clans - with a new command structure. He also relates Muhammad's masterful use of nonmilitary methods - bribery, alliance building, and political assassination - to strengthen his long-term position, even at the expense of short-term military considerations."--Jacket
Operation peace for Galilee : the Israeli-PLO War in Lebanon by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om krigen mellem Israel og PLO i Libanon fra 1982 baseret på interviews med soldater og civile og med fokus på de militære begivenheder i en større social og politisk kontekst
No more heroes : madness & psychiatry in war by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and French and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Våbenvirkningens effekt på soldatens psyke - "granatchok" not
God's generals : the military lives of Moses, Buddha, and Muhammad by Richard A Gabriel( )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is one of the more startling facts of military history that the founders of three of the four "great religions"--Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam-- were also accomplished field generals with extensive experience in commanding men in battle. One of these, Muhammad, fought eight battles and was wounded twice, once almost fatally. Another, Siddhartha Gautama (later to become the Buddha), witnessed so much battlefield carnage that he suffered a psychological collapse. Moses had become so much a "god-intoxicated" personality that it is a reasonable suspicion that he, like the Buddha, was murdered. Indeed, had the experiences of these men in war not been so successful, it is quite possible that their achievements as religious leaders would never have occurred. For all three, war and religion were so closely intertwined in their personalities that it is difficult to discern where the influence of one ended and the other began. This book attempts to explore the military lives of Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad, and the role their war experiences played in their religious lives
To serve with honor : a treatise on military ethics and the way of the soldier by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of military medicine by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

17 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The culture of war : invention and early development by Richard A Gabriel( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why does the human race fight and how did we come to create a degree of military sophistication capable of destroying the entire species? Gabriel looks particularly at the relationship between the evolution of the social institution of war and the develop
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Great captains of antiquity
The great armies of antiquityGods of our fathers : the memory of Egypt in Judaism and ChristianityScipio Africanus : Rome's greatest generalHannibal : the military biography of Rome's greatest enemyPhilip II of Macedonia : greater than AlexanderThutmose III : the military biography of Egypt's greatest warrior kingThe ancient worldThe military history of ancient Israel
Alternative Names
Gabriel, Richard 1942-

גבריאל, ריצ'רד א 1942-

가브리엘, 리처드 A

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