The author argues that the successes and failures of D-Day, on both sides, cannot be explained by comparing the competing strategies of each side. Instead he provides an account of the battle through the overarching nature of the relationship between the leaders and their followers.
"Keith Grint consistently publishes leadership books that are important, insightful and invigorating - this book is no exception. It will
fascinate leadership scholars and military historians alike. In fact, it is a timely reminder of the power of combining erudite theoretical analysis with meticulous and highly contextualised historical research. Professor Grint skilfully crafts the timeless lessons that can be derived from the D-Day experience. My only hope is that these will be properly learned and heeded by political, military and business leaders so that we can all benefit from them." Dr Brad Jackson, Professor of Leadership, The University of Auckland Business School
'This is a fascinating and highly readable book which re-examines D-Day through the lens of Wicked, Tame and Critical problems - a new language about the relationship between Leadership. Management and Command. The complex issues facing both the high command and junior commanders are explored in impressive and well researched detail. Highly recommended.' Alan Hooper, Founder, Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter and former senior Royal Marines officer
'Why soldiers brave fields of fire - why they follow their leaders when they shout "let's go boys!" - is exactly the question for leaders in all walks of life. The people who come into our offices and factories and shops every day are in reality all volunteers and how much of themselves they give in return for that pay check is something they very much decide. We don't "make them do it." Grint explores the seldom asked questions about leadership - why do people follow their leaders? His excellent and well documented D-Day case speaks to leaders in every walk of life - and makes a good, thoughtful read that contributes significantly to our understanding and our application of leadership.' Col Mike Harper, USA (Ret) Author and Leadership Consultant