In the January 2012 issue of Military History magazine, "HistoryNet.com", professor of history Dennis Showalter (ex-president of the American Society for Military History), writes his argument that General Nathan Bedford Forrest was histories most comprehensively frightening general. In his article called "FEAR!" professor Showalter writes that Forrest was more intimidating than Lee, Rommel, or Alexander the Great. "The key to Forrest's skill as a tactician was his innate ability to read a fight. He understood how best to balance mounted and dismounted action, defense and attack, commitment and pursuit. Whatever his issues of self-control, Forrest never let emotion overcome him in conducting a battle."