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The essays in this volume analyze war, its strategic characterisitics and its political and social functions, over the past five centuries. The diversity of its themes and the broad perspectives applied to them make the book a work of general history as much as a history of the theory and practice of war from the Renaissance to the present. "Makers of Modern Strategy from ...more
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Published March 21st 1986 by Princeton University Press (first published March 1st 1943)
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A superb listing of essays the idea of 'grand strategy', which is a distinct field of analysis from just history, political science, or even economics. That is, what is the most optimal use of force to achieve objectives in war?

The book's essays are vast in scope. The first part of essays start with the origins of modern strategy in Machiavelli, then follow the trend through Maurice of Nassau, Vauban, and Frederick the Great. Part two covers the Napoleonic era, Clauswitz, and Jomini. Part three
Janine Spendlove
If all you want is a simple military history text, this book is not for you. But if you are a student of worldwide military strategy from the last couple centuries, it is a good, very thorough read.

I did not give it 4 stars in that I felt it was not a very "easy" read. I often found that I had to reread passages to fully "soak in" what was printed.

On the whole though, it was a good, informative read.
In my experience, anthologies are always a sort of coin toss with essays being either very good or very bad, due to the fact that it's a collection of different authors with different ideas and different styles. It's rare to find one where all the essays are great and interesting reads, but this book is one of those. A collection of essays on military history, strategy, and strategies starting with Machiavelli in the 16th century all the way to the end of the Cold War. Every major military leade ...more
The bible of stragetic thought. It needs updating, with some post cold-war analysis. It is still the single best volume of western military thought. I have read the book numerous times and it still remains solid
Matt Danner
You can read this from cover to cover if you like, or choose a section that interests you and start there. Both a comprehensive overview of the development of modern strategy (mostly military, but does get into diplomacy and economics for some periods) and a good reference tool for students of military science, history, and international relations. The most recent edition covers post-Cold War.
This is a great resource and overview of classic strategy. It was first published in 1943, and has been updated about every generation or so. It gets down to the nitty gritty on the major strategists such as Clausewitz, Jomini, Mahan, etc. This should be in every strategist's library.
Dane Christensen
Very interesting read for those of you who like to decipher how our military leadership has developed some of its current tactics
almost as though it a were a reader for a military strategy course, though I miss the ancient writings.
Impressive in all respects even when considering the latest edition is from 1986.
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I've been meaning to read this book for years!
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