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Baron Antoine-Henri De Jomini
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11 May 2008
Antoine-Henri Jomini was the most celebrated writer on the Napoleonic art of war. Jomini was present at most of the most important battles of the Napoleonic Wars. His writing, therefore, is the most authoritative on the subject. "The art of war, as generally considered, consists of five purely military branches,-viz.: Strategy, Grand Tactics, Logistics, Engineering, and Tactics. A sixth and essential branch, hitherto unrecognized, might be termed Diplomacy in its relation to War. Although this branch is more naturally and intimately connected with the profession of a statesman than with that of a soldier, it cannot be denied that, if it be useless to a subordinate general, it is indispensable to every general commanding an army." -Antoine-Henri Jomini

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (11 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160459358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604593587
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By geoak
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They could not sell the original texts and they tried to reprint it using OCR technology? The books refers to maps and illustrations that are not there an the index is useless since the book has about 100+ pages less than the original!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic on the art of war 13 Jun 2008
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on
The Baron Antoine Henri de Jomini's "The Art of War" is an early classic on military strategy and tactics. With von Clausewitz, he was one of the more widely read scholars on the subject in the 19th century. His book tends to have an abstract, scholarly air to it that suggests that he was more of an "arm chair" theorist than a man whom he learned much from--Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon may have had general perspectives on warfare, but he was also someone who was able to be improvisational on the battlefield, and Jomini cannot quite capture that in this work. Nonetheless, a classic.

Charles Messenger's Introduction does single out Jomini for mention, when he notes (Page v): "Nineteenth -century military thought was dominated by two men, one a German and the other a Swiss. . . . They were von Clausewitz and Jomini." Jomini argued that (Page vii): "Strategy decodes where to act; logistics brings the troops to this point; grand tactics determines the manner of execution and the employment of the troops."

As Jomini's actual work begins, he identifies the six key components of the art of war (Page 2):
"1. Statesmanship in its relation to war.
2. Strategy, or the art of properly directing masses upon the theater of war, either for defense or for invasion.
3. Grant tactics.
4. Logistics, or the art of moving armies.
5. Engineering--the attack and defense of fortifications.
6. Minor tactics."

The book itself, then, considers these elements of the art of war. No need to go into great detail. But some general points are in order. At one point, he emphasizes the importance of "lines"--interior lines, where one side has a more compact line and can move troops from one point to another with greater facility than the enemy; exterior lines, which are longer. If a smaller force, interior lines are critical; if a larger force, exterior lines may prove no impediment to success.

One facet of this book is his diagrams depicting various orders of attack (pages 188 and following). This tends, as noted earlier, to be pretty abstract. One hesitates to think that officers in the heat of combat will intellectually assess the various orders of attack and rationally choose one over another. Among these are straight linear orders (where the two forces approach one another in straight lines) to "en echelon" attacks, where the lines are arrayed in depth.

He notes in his conclusion that (Page 321) "War in its ensemble in not a science, but an art."

So, if one might be interested in an analysis of military strategy and tactics from the early part of the 19th century, this is not a bad starting point. It is a classic on the subject, and, even if too abstract and academic, can be a useful book to understand the military in that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the book flap 26 Oct 1999
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Baron Antoine Henry de jomini, who served in both the French and later on the Allied side as an aide-de-camp to the Czar during the Napoleonic Wars, has remained one of the fundamental sources of military thinking right up to modern times. Jomini divided the art of war into five branches, strategy, grand tactics, logistics, engineering and tactics. He was also the first to recognise the sixth, diplomacy. Jomini's masterpiece still has lessons for the military planner today.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Formatted for Kindle 25 Dec 2009
By Joseph Niezelski - Published on
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This edition of The Art of War is very difficult to readon the Kindle. Paragraphs are not tabbed correctly, chapter divisions are hard to spot, and footnotes are not integrated with the Kindle (that is, they all appear together where I assume the end of the printed page would be, so on the Kindle you have entire pages of footnotes).

Definitely not worth trying to read in eBook form.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Term Paper 24 Dec 2009
By M. J Bauer - Published on
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I thought the price was right at $0.00 but I was wrong. First, the Kindle rendition of this term paper is very poorly done. The text does not translate well to the Kindle format and that makes it difficult to read. I believe the text has not really been converted to the Kindle format and that makes it a challenge to read - in effect, this is one long chapter.

The term paper itself is just that - a term paper. Innumerable citations, footnotes, etc. I am sure this is a good scholarly work but to a person who has long since graduated from college I found it to be difficult to read and the flow was constantly interrupted. My advice, don't download this paper
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2.0 out of 5 stars Returned due to printing errors! 25 July 2009
By Paula Tiffany - Published on
I had to return this book due to the high number of printing errors contained inside. After 10 errors, I decided not to even bother counting the rest. Why is Amazon selling books like this? I found a better edition of this book in the catalog, but I wish someone had posted a review about the poor quality of the translation and printing.
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