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Napoleon's Glance: The Secret of Strategy (Nation Books)

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In Napoleon's Glance William Duggan discovers the secret of Napoleon's success—coup d'oeil (pronounced koo-DOY) meaning a stroke of the eye, or "glance": a sudden insight that shows you what course of action to take. It comes from knowledge of the past: You draw on what worked in other situations, in a new combination that fits the problem at hand. Napoleon's Glance—pr
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Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 23rd 2003 by Nation Books
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Fred Leland
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book goes along well with Duggan's "Strategic Intuition" both give great examples of real life people and circumstances who developed and used Clausewitz's coup d'oeil otherwise known as Napoleons glance, strike of the eye, and expert intuition and today recognized primed decision making. These examples give the reader insight into what intuition and implicit decision making is all about. The explorer mentality, searching for opportunities, combined with Napoleons glance (the ability to see ...more
Sean
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book defiles strategy as a discipline with its bosh. A series of disjointed narratives strung together only by the unifying theme of Napolean's ability to advance at times of strength and feed off of previous successes, this book omits much while repeating an insipid mantra relating to Napolean's eye. An insipid read, this book fails to inspire and excludes actual learning points from the field of strategy such as comparative advantage or game theory. Overall, a terrible book not worth wast ...more
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“It may be of interest to future generals to realize that one makes plans to fit circumstances stances and does not create circumstances to fit plans. That way danger lies.” 1 likes
“If one can call anticipation of enemy reactions based on a lifetime of professional training and on thinking and application "intuition," he had it ... He was a professional soldier, a student of history” 0 likes
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