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Clausewitz's on War: A Biography (Books That Changed the World)

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Synopsis:

Perhaps the most important book on military strategy ever written, Carl von Clausewitzs On War has influenced generations of generals and politicians, has been blamed for the unprecedented death tolls in the First and Second World Wars, and is required reading at military academies to this day. But On War, which was never finished and was published posthumously, is obscure and fundamentally contradictory. What Clausewitz declares in book 1, he discounts in book 8. The language is confusing and the relevance not always clear. It is an extremely difficult book for the general reader to approach, to reconcile with itself, and to place in context. Hew Strachan, one of the worlds foremost military historians answers these problems. He explains how and why On War was written, elucidates what Clausewitz meant, and offers insight into the books continuing significance. This is a must read for fans of military history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802143631
Author:
Strachan, Hew
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
Military art and science
Subject:
War
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Books That Changed the World
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 8.5 oz

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Perhaps the most important book on military strategy ever written, Carl von Clausewitzs On War has influenced generations of generals and politicians, has been blamed for the unprecedented death tolls in the First and Second World Wars, and is required reading at military academies to this day. But On War, which was never finished and was published posthumously, is obscure and fundamentally contradictory. What Clausewitz declares in book 1, he discounts in book 8. The language is confusing and the relevance not always clear. It is an extremely difficult book for the general reader to approach, to reconcile with itself, and to place in context. Hew Strachan, one of the worlds foremost military historians answers these problems. He explains how and why On War was written, elucidates what Clausewitz meant, and offers insight into the books continuing significance. This is a must read for fans of military history.
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