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From the Jaws of Victory

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s/t: A History of the Character, Causes & Consequences of Military Stupidity, from Crassus to Johnson & Westmoreland
This book continues the study of "the consequences of stupidity in high places" by examining the highly developed & hitherto unstudied tradition of military incompetence. With iconoclastic wit & great, if unconventional, erudition, Charles M.
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published August 15th 1971 by Simon & Schuster (NYC)
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Excellent, often funny, sometimes angry and passionate. The author looks at a representative sampling of blundering military leaders from different eras from the Persian empire through Vietnam (it was published in 1971), and goes beyond describing what they did wrong to examine their thinking and personalities. This book is potentially very useful to anyone who is planning or carrying out military actions, whether in real life or in a game, as a source of warnings and signs that one is slipping ...more
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Nov 29, 2012 Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing
The classic book on military incompetence. Fair uses an historical framework to analyze military failure through a variety of perspectives and causes from Rome through 1971, focusing on specific leaders where appropriate. He finds common ground with most examples: overconfidence, underestimation of the enemy, technological disparity, stubborness, and most commonly hubris. Fair's lively prose and sharp analyses make for an engrossing read. Older examples provide Fair's best work: Marcus Licinius ...more
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Nov 27, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting book covering great historical defeats that really shouldn't have happened. Battles that should have been won before they began, but tactical mistakes were made by the superior force. It is a very interesting read for the student of military history.
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Amusing, but neither very deep nor very reflective, accounts of military stupidity.
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