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The Art of War in the Western World

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This highly acclaimed volume--the magnum opus of one of America's most respected military historians--presents a broad-spectrum history of warfare in the Western world from ancient times to the latter half of the twentieth century.
Archer Jones begins his story 2,500 years ago, when the Greeks and Macedonians first supplemented their spears with missiles--slings, arrows, a
Paperback, 740 pages
Published December 14th 1987 by Oxford University Press (first published 1987)
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History of two and a half millennia of development of western art of war - obviously a monumental task and a book penned by acomplished historian attempting to tackle this topic must automatically rank very high in the reading list of any student of military history. My personal expectations for this book were very high indeed. Four months after opening it for very first time and after countless occasions on which I had to exert all of my will power to resist the temptation to put it down and ne ...more
I was looking for a book that gave a broad view of military tactics across history, and this book delivered. The book's point of view is long (ancient Greeks up to 1973 Israeli war) and broad (battle tactics, troop movement, costs, logistics, technology). There are also lots of little fascinating tidbits to be found along the way that I never knew. For example, originally bayonets were mounted in the rifle barrel and it took about a decade before they moved to the outside of the barrel so the so ...more
I read this book a couple times in high school and it changed my life. I was always fascinated with history, in particular military history, and this book gave me my basis for my 4 year obsession with history during high school. More specific books were difficult for me to understand because they assumed I had the basis this book provided. If you want an introduction to military history this book cannot be beat.
This is a great basic view of western warfare, particularly strong through the classical and medievil periods. Jones does seek, however, to try to squeeze every military time period into his four-part box schematic, which sometimes works, aometimes doesn't, especially as the later modern period is approached. Still, good for some one stop shopping for a basic survey.
Jeremy Hatfield
Informative, pretty well-researched, but exceedingly dry.
Flawed. Numerous errors.
Wow that book was Long!
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