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Clausewitz and Contemporary War is a thorough analysis that may be useful not only to the military but also to historians, political scientists, and politicians. (Bruno Colson, War in History)

Antulio Echevarria's Clausewitz and Contemporary War builds on his significant writings on the work and influence of the Prussian theorist... Echevarria has provided one of the more useful contributions to the Clausewitz canon. (Thomas Bruscino, Joint Forces Quarterly)

Echevarria argues that On War is most readily understood once its 'combat-centric' nature is recognized... Clausewitz intended to write a book that would be useful to fighting soldiers... and Echevarria's analysis is basically a demonstration of how On War stacks up once that ambition is taken seriously. (Daniel Moran, Journal of Military History)

Antulio Echevarria is an example of the tradition of military historians who were at once interested in war and strategy; and he can tick the box of the (in this context) indispensible knowledge of German and of the historical understanding of German (especially Prussian) culture in the early nineteenth century. (Beatrice Heuser, RUSI)

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Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II is the Director of Research at the U.S. Army War College. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1981, and the U.S. Army War College in 2002, and has served in a variety of military assignments. He received his doctorate in history from Princeton University in 1994, and is the author of several books and articles on military thinking and contemporary war.

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Great Content, Excessive Price, Free Options Online 2 Oct. 2010
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I have known the author for many years, and my own work, monographs for the Strategic Studies Institute where he has been the Director of Research, benefited considerably from his mature and measured editing. His most helpful work for me is his piece on "The American Way of Battle," a brilliant analysis of how the US Government has lost the ability to do strategy ("strategic decrepitude" is when you confuse ideology, body counts, and powerpoint briefings with being a strategy) and instead obsessed on training, equipping, and organizing to do battles--and then our less well educated officers call the Taliban cowards, unmindful of the fact that they have held a "modern" armored force at stalemate for a decade wearing robes and sandals and using old single-shot weapons. Viet-Nam deja vu.

This is an important book and I consider it appalling that it is being offered for such a high price. As it is published by Oxford the normal free online copy is not to be found at the SSI site. Certainly all the rest of this author's many great contributions to strategic thought are free online there, as well as those of Colin Gray, Max Manwaring, Steve Metz, and many others.

This book should be offered to the public in soft copy at no more than $29. Until that happens, settle for the "pieces" online, and recognize that the source site, Strategic Studies Institute, offers everything they produce at taxpayer expense free online. Search for the author's name and enjoy most of what he offers at no additional cost.

At Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, where I have more discretion, you can see all of my reviews on Strategy, on Force Structure, on Sorrows of Empire, etcetera, easily grouped (I read in 98 categories, all non-fiction). All my reviews lead back to the Amazon Page, and to my often buried contributions, should you wish to vote or comment. I respond to comments daily. At my review of this book there, you will find a link to Dr. Echeveria's SSI Home Page, where his SSI contributions (not those external to SSI) can be accessed free.
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