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Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 553 pages
Published June 1943 by Princeton University Press (first published March 1st 1943)
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Christopher
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
Maria
Reprint of a collection of essays first published in 1943... except just 3 essays were reprinted, 4 were revised and 22 were written for this reprint. All the essays trace the history of strategic thought and practice in war thru 5 centuries of European experience.

Why I started this book: This is a huge work that has repeatedly been listed on Military Professional Reading lists. Starting a new year, seemed like the best time to tackle this beast.

Why I finished it: This book is not only long but
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Art
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
John Leven
Initially, I was very excited for this sweeping 871 page compilation of military strategy from over 25 expert contributors. However, by about 200 pages in, it became clear that I was NOT going to come away from this book with tried-and-true principals that I could transplant from military strategy to everyday life. Not only did I find this book completely impractical, but also an extremely laborious to read. (And not in the good way). A book of this size normally takes me about a month, but this ...more
Hom Sack
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an updated and expanded version of the 1952 Makers of Modern Strategy Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler. It is unfortunate that the essay in the epilogue "Hitler the Nazi concept of war" by Edward Mead Earle is omitted. Of the added essays, I found Condoleezza Rice's "The Making of Soviet Strategy" most informative and interesting. It also speaks to her expertise on the matter. ...more
Dane Christensen
Very interesting read for those of you who like to decipher how our military leadership has developed some of its current tactics
Jarrod
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impressive in all respects even when considering the latest edition is from 1986.
Bryan J. Pitchford, MFA
This was a mandatory read on the list for United States Army Command & General Staff College. We were assigned passages from the book rather than being required to read it cover to cover. I am interested in History and this was one of the few enjoyable blocks in the Army course. However, I graduated from the American public school system several years ago and I was not immediately invested in reading mandatory material.
While another book on our list, The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-205
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Andrew Garrie
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great survey of the many aspects of strategy that have affected military conflict in the past 500 years. A great starting point for any student of military history who seeks a deeper understanding of the factors involved in pushing forward campaigns and war. Highly recommended.
Jeroen
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readinglist
Lot of redundant information as the book bundles a number of papers.
Ali Awan
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best collection of essays I read till date.
Elwin Kline
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
This was a recommended read for a college course I took back in 2015 combining military history and psychology, the class was titled "Principles of War." I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot. Unfortunately that was 4+ years ago since the time of this review and I honestly don't remember anything specifically remarkable that sticks out in my mind about this book. However, I do remember it did enhance my experience for the class.

I may re-read this again one day, however for the time bein
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Matt Danner
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Al
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strategy
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. ...more
Laura
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read Clausewitz though
Nathan
I've been meaning to read this book for years! ...more
Adam Halley
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most of the essays contained in this volume are excellent!
sologdin
Jun 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: martial
almost as though it a were a reader for a military strategy course, though I miss the ancient writings.
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