The Worst Military Leaders in History featured in The Times

On the night Russia invaded Ukraine, I was reading a new book, The Worst Military Leaders in History… The monumental failings of leadership described range from the well-known death of General Custer and all his men to the less remembered Athenian leader, Nikias, whose disastrous attempt to capture Syracuse led to the collapse of the entire Athenian empire. Three weeks on, it seems like a second edition might have to include the Russian defence minister, Sergei Shoygu, and his top brass.