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Publisher Comments:

Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013

In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives.

The range of Freedman's narrative is extraordinary, moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups, to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad, the strategic advice of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli, the great military innovations of Baron Henri de Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz, the grounding of revolutionary strategy in class struggles by Marx, the insights into corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan, and the contributions of the leading social scientists working on strategy today. The core issue at the heart of strategy, the author notes, is whether it is possible to manipulate and shape our environment rather than simply become the victim of forces beyond one's control. Time and again, Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment-subject to chance events, the efforts of opponents, the missteps of friends-provides strategy with its challenge and its drama. Armies or corporations or nations rarely move from one predictable state of affairs to another, but instead feel their way through a series of states, each one not quite what was anticipated, requiring a reappraisal of the original strategy, including its ultimate objective. Thus the picture of strategy that emerges in this book is one that is fluid and flexible, governed by the starting point, not the end point.

A brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David's use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics, this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy.

Review:

"Former defense adviser to Tony Blair and professor of war studies at King's College, London, Freedman outlines past and present strategies of force and mind. His encyclopedic review begins with von Clausewitz's ideas on military power, and moves into futurist Kahn's contributions on deterrence in thermonuclear warfare. But this tour de force is not solely or even primarily about war; on bottom-up strategies he includes thinkers such as Marx, Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He also provides evenhanded, reliable analyses of little-read strategists Gramsci and Alinsky, and doesn't neglect propaganda and advertising genius Edward Bernays or corporate management strategic pioneers Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan. The book concludes with reflections on why strategy is limited by rational choice and chance. The author suggests that strategic thinking in military and business are very different. Unusually thoughtful and clearly written, Freedman's dense tome is a serious academic study in political theory, but it has crossover potential and will attract readers interested in military planning, strategic systems, and the nature of power. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

For most of three decades, Drew Pearson was the most well-known journalist in the United States. In his daily newspaper columnandmdash;the most widely syndicated in the nationandmdash;and on radio and television broadcasts, he chronicled the political and public policy news of the nation. At the same time, he worked his way into the inner circles of policy makers in the White House and Congress, lobbying for issues he believed would promote better government and world peace.
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Pearson, however, still found time to record his thoughts and observations in his personal diary. Published here for the first time, Washington Merry-Go-Round presents Pearsonandrsquo;s private impressions of life inside the Beltway from 1960 to 1969, revealing how he held the confidence of presidentsandmdash;especially Lyndon B. Johnsonandmdash;congressional leaders, media moguls, political insiders, and dozens of otherwise unknown sources of information. His direct interactions with the DC glitterati, including Bobby Kennedy and Douglas MacArthur, are featured throughout his diary, drawing the reader into the compelling political intrigues of 1960s Washington and providing the mysterious backstory on the famous and the notorious of the era.
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About the Author

Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King's College London since 1982, and Vice-Principal since 2003. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CBE in 1996, he was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. He was awarded the KCMG in 2003. In June 2009 he was appointed to serve as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War. Professor Freedman has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the cold war, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues. His most recent book, A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East, won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature.

Table of Contents

DEDICATION

PREFACE

Part I ORIGINS

1 ORIGINS 1: EVOLUTION

2 ORIGINS 2: THE BIBLE

3 ORIGINS 3: THE GREEKS

4 SUN TZU AND MACHIAVELLI

5 SATAN'S STRATEGY

Part II STRATEGIES OF FORCE

6 THE NEW SCIENCE OF STRATEGY

7 CLAUSEWITZ

8 THE FALSE SCIENCE

9 ANNIHILATION OR EXHAUSTION

10 BRAIN AND BRAWN

11 THE INDIRECT APPROACH

12 NUCLEAR GAMES

13 THE RATIONALITY OF IRRATIONALITY

14 GUERRILLA WARFARE

15 OBSERVATION AND ORIENTATION

16 THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS

17 THE MYTH OF THE MASTER STRATEGIST

PART III STRATEGY FROM BELOW

18 MARX AND A STRATEGY FOR THE WORKING CLASS

19 HERZEN AND BAKUNIN

20 REVISIONISTS AND VANGUARDS

21 BUREAUCRATS, DEMOCRATS, and ELITES

22 FORMULAS, MYTHS, AND PROPAGANDA

23 THE POWER OF NONVIOLENCE

24 EXISTENTIAL STRATEGY

25 BLACK POWER AND WHITE ANGER

26 FRAMES, PARADIGMS, DISCOURSES, AND NARRATIVES

27 RACE, RELIGION, AND ELECTIONS

PART IV STRATEGY FROM ABOVE

28 THE RISE OF THE MANAGEMENT CLASS

29 THE BUSINESS OF BUSINESS

30 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

31 BUSINESS AS WAR

32 THE RISE OF ECONOMICS

33 RED QUEENS AND BLUE OCEANS

34 THE SOCIOLOGICAL CHALLENGE

35 DELIBERATE OR EMERGENT

PART V theories of strategy

36 THE LIMITS OF RATIONAL CHOICE

37 BEYOND RATIONAL CHOICE

38 STORIES AND SCRIPTS

37 BEYOND RATIONAL CHOICE

38 STORIES AND SCRIPTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199325153
Author:
Freedman, Lawrence
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Hannaford, Peter
Author:
Smith, Richard Norton
Author:
Pearson, Drew
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics | International Studies | International Security & Strategic Studies
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 photographs
Pages:
776
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former defense adviser to Tony Blair and professor of war studies at King's College, London, Freedman outlines past and present strategies of force and mind. His encyclopedic review begins with von Clausewitz's ideas on military power, and moves into futurist Kahn's contributions on deterrence in thermonuclear warfare. But this tour de force is not solely or even primarily about war; on bottom-up strategies he includes thinkers such as Marx, Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He also provides evenhanded, reliable analyses of little-read strategists Gramsci and Alinsky, and doesn't neglect propaganda and advertising genius Edward Bernays or corporate management strategic pioneers Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan. The book concludes with reflections on why strategy is limited by rational choice and chance. The author suggests that strategic thinking in military and business are very different. Unusually thoughtful and clearly written, Freedman's dense tome is a serious academic study in political theory, but it has crossover potential and will attract readers interested in military planning, strategic systems, and the nature of power. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
For most of three decades, Drew Pearson was the most well-known journalist in the United States. In his daily newspaper columnandmdash;the most widely syndicated in the nationandmdash;and on radio and television broadcasts, he chronicled the political and public policy news of the nation. At the same time, he worked his way into the inner circles of policy makers in the White House and Congress, lobbying for issues he believed would promote better government and world peace.
and#160;
Pearson, however, still found time to record his thoughts and observations in his personal diary. Published here for the first time, Washington Merry-Go-Round presents Pearsonandrsquo;s private impressions of life inside the Beltway from 1960 to 1969, revealing how he held the confidence of presidentsandmdash;especially Lyndon B. Johnsonandmdash;congressional leaders, media moguls, political insiders, and dozens of otherwise unknown sources of information. His direct interactions with the DC glitterati, including Bobby Kennedy and Douglas MacArthur, are featured throughout his diary, drawing the reader into the compelling political intrigues of 1960s Washington and providing the mysterious backstory on the famous and the notorious of the era.
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