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A History of Strategy

From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind
Lu par : Jon Mollison
Durée : 4 h et 12 min
Catégories : Histoire, Militaire
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"Martin van Creveld ranks high among military historians, and given the changes in technology since Napoleonic Times, his work is a necessary supplement to Clausewitz." (Jerry Pournelle)

The Art of War by Sun Tzu and On War by Carl von Clausewitz are known to everyone who studies war. But in the approximately 2,327 years that separated man's two most famous works of military tactics and strategy, a considerable number of less well-known works were published. Some, such as those written by Vauban and Douhet, were focused on specific aspects of war while others, like Onasander and Jomini, wrote works that were more general in nature. But all of them were written with the objective of permitting generals and other leaders of men to wage war more effectively.

There are few better suited to write the history of strategy and military thought than Dr. Martin van Creveld, who has been a significant contributor to the literature of war. A professor emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Dr. van Creveld is one of the world's leading writers on military history and strategy, with a special interest in the future of war. He is fluent in Hebrew, German, Dutch, and English and has authored more than 20 books, including the influential Technology and War: 2000 BC to the Present (1988), The Transformation of War (1991), and The Culture of War (2010). He is known for his development of the concept of "nontrinitarian" warfare as well as contributing two books to the 4GW canon.

Featuring a foreword by Dr. Jerrry Pournelle, A History of Strategy: From Sun Tzu to William S. Lind begins with the Chinese military literature, then reviews the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine works before proceeding to the Middle Ages. From Machiavelli and Montecuccoli to Guibert and Frederick the Great, van Creveld chronicles the gradual transition from medieval to Napoleonic warfare and onward into the nuclear age and the rise of ISIS.

©2000, 2015 Martin van Creveld (P)2015 Castalia House

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  • Brent Ziarnick
  • 18/11/2016

Great overview with only a few omissions

Very well done! It goes through a great deal of history in 4 hours, but very competently. Van Creveld does omit some great modern strategists but that is unavoidable in such a short book.

I'm well read in strategy but learned much, mainly from Crevelds take on the strategists and how they relate to each other. Plus the short length makes it easy to commit to.

Very lively performance as well.

Great work!

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  • regan flannery
  • 31/07/2018

Excellent

I'm looking forward to listening to this book multiple times. It's very fun and informative. The full historical overview is very enlightening.

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  • Chris Campbell
  • 18/10/2017

Insightful look at strategies greatest authors!

From Sun Tzu to William Lind is not lying! In this book you get to learn about the evolution of strategy from ancient china to current warfare! But it's not just the a retread on the 'household names' of strategic figures! You learn so much about not just what warfare evolved into but why it did. It's very well researched, written and deserves a listen from anyone curious about it!

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  • CPT K
  • 13/12/2019

Terrible narration destroys scholarly work

This wide reaching and in-depth consideration of the strategic masters is under cut by perhaps the worst near ration I’ve heard since joining Audible several years ago. The narrators many mispronunciations and tortured phonics almost made this book indigestible. I can’t imagine that Dr. Martin van Creveld would be able to hear this narrator’s butchering of Jomini’s name without tearing his hair.

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  • Robert
  • 31/07/2019

A quite shallow and subjective take on strategy

For the wider public this may serve as a good introduction but if you have already read Polybius cover-to-cover or done more in-depth research as a hobbyist or an academic you will find that the story has holes like Swiss cheese.

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  • KPC504
  • 19/03/2018

A Historyography History of Strategy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was worth listening to, but it was not what I was expecting. Rather than addressing the specific strategies employed during different wars through war, it was more a story about those who have written about strategy throughout time. This results in a book that is very broad in scope, but lacking details. However, to the extent that it addresses specific theorists, it serves a very detailed and enjoyable bibliography.

I admit, what I think of as strategy might be more considered tactics to the authors, so my expectations might have been underwhelmed because of my own misunderstanding.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No; this book is not a book made for the movies. To make a movie of this would be an injustice to the authors intent.

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  • armyhusker
  • 15/09/2017

Very introductory.

The narration is a little overly dramatic with some mispronunciations. The book itself is useful as an introductory survey of military thought, but less so of strategy. Only view this as a primer.

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  • Matthew Pierce
  • 23/03/2019

A broad look at military strategy.

The book provided a good base for more detailed study on specific topics. I enjoyed the book.

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  • Joe
  • 14/09/2017

Informative death by power point.

The content of the book is sound and ensigh full. But as an audio book it like death by power point.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/11/2018

this was pretty bad

It wasn't so much a history of strategy or even of the historigraphy of strategy. It was really just a long winded, biased review of the authors favorite (or least favorite) authors on warfare throughout history. It was inconsistent in it's analysis and biased in which authors got to be considered worthwhile while others weren't. Also the narrator mispronounced Heroditus and Livy's names. But he has a pleasant voice. I definitely advise against.