Examining Ulysses S. Grant's rise to power, from his early business ventures to his role as supreme commander during the Civil War and his tenure as President. Included: the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness, which marked the beginning of the end for the Confederacy.
Profiling Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.), who is "perhaps the greatest commander in history," says narrator Brian Cox. The Greek general's conquest of the Persian Empire led to the Hellenistic Age.
English naval hero Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), who led the British fleet to victory over the French and Spanish at Trafalgar. Nelson died in the battle, through which British naval supremacy was assured for the rest of the 19th century. Narrator: Brian Cox.