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The Art of War The Art of War (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.97 — 265,915 ratings — published -500
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On War On War (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as military-science)
avg rating 3.98 — 10,381 ratings — published 1832
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Strategy Strategy (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as military-science)
avg rating 4.08 — 2,321 ratings — published 1941
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The 33 Strategies of War The 33 Strategies of War (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.30 — 8,517 ratings — published 2005
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How Great Generals Win How Great Generals Win (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.73 — 286 ratings — published 1993
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.95 — 14,160 ratings — published 2016
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Infantry Attacks Infantry Attacks (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.21 — 2,398 ratings — published 1937
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The Warrior Ethos The Warrior Ethos (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 2,679 ratings — published 2011
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1776 1776 (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 165,062 ratings — published 2005
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Guerrilla Warfare Guerrilla Warfare (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.64 — 2,481 ratings — published 1960
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The First World War The First World War (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.02 — 11,183 ratings — published 1998
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On Guerrilla Warfare On Guerrilla Warfare (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.86 — 1,246 ratings — published 1937
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The Art of War The Art of War (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 6,414 ratings — published 1521
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Fool Me Once Fool Me Once (Hardcover)
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avg rating 3.93 — 65,727 ratings — published 2016
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America's First Battles, 1775-1965 America's First Battles, 1775-1965 (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.79 — 71 ratings — published 1986
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Jane's Fighting Ships 1919 Jane's Fighting Ships 1919 (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.75 — 4 ratings — published 1919
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Jane's Fighting Ships 1914 Jane's Fighting Ships 1914
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avg rating 4.14 — 7 ratings — published 1969
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Carl von Clausewitz
“Our knowledge of circumstances has increased, but our uncertainty, instead of having diminished, has only increased. The reason of this is, that we do not gain all our experience at once, but by degrees; so our determinations continue to be assailed incessantly by fresh experience; and the mind, if we may use the expression, must always be under arms.”
Carl von Clausewitz

“There is no doubt that 'force multipliers' - squad automatic weapons - have changed the character of warfare once again, just as their predecessors did during the First World War, if perhaps not to quite the same degree. In the immediate future it seems that most armies will be using some form of 5.56mm machine-gun at squad level, be it a box-fed LSW or belt-fed SAW. If there is a cloud on the horizon where modern light machine-guns are concerned it is that they are not powerful enough for long-range work, or for penetrating cover and light armour. Nevertheless, the new generation of light machine-guns will remain in use well into the next century, not least because they are popular with the soldiers who operate them, the machine-gunners. Likewise, there will still be a place for the heavier GPMG, which does have the 'punch' that the LSW lacks.

Machine-guns themselves have become lighter, and their operating principles both more secure and more efficient; the ammunition they use has shrunk to a quarter of its original size and become almost 100 percent reliable. The one important thing which has not changed dramatically is the human component; the attitude with which man faces the prospect of death in battle, and how he prepares himself to face that possibility quite deliberately, for it was the original invention of the machine-gun which reformed that. More than any other single 'advance' in weapons technology, the machine-gun allowed an individual (or actually, a small team of men) to dominate a sector of the battlefield. They had an inhuman advantage which simply had to be exploited if they were to be on the winning side, whether their opponents were Zulus, Sioux, or Dervishes, or other industrialized nations to be beaten into last place in the race toward economic supremacy. Whether the machine-gun has been as important, in any sense at all of the word, as it near-contemporary, the internal combustion engine - or even, date one say it, the bicycle or sewing machine - is still to be decided, but there is one clear, irrefutable fact connected with its short history: it has killed tens of millions of men, women and children and blighted the lives of tens of millions more.”
Roger Ford, The Grim Reaper: Machine Guns And Machine-gunners In Action

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