While Jones has tackled a very difficult subject with enthusiasm and military expertise, "The Art of War in the Western World" is so awkwardly written that one has the impression that it went to press before the second draft. The outline of the text is sensible, and the selection of examples drawn from 2500 years of history are appropriate. Jones' analysis of the military situations is also cogent. But the "execution" of the written word was so poor as to lead me to put the text aside several times in frustration. Repetition, run-on sentences, and a general inability to control the cohesion of a paragraph are among the many problems encountered many times throughout this 700 page text. The illustrations, while nicely done, are somewhat ideosyncratic and often do not illustrate an important point being made in the text. I've been searching for a comprehensive and detailed book on the history of military strategy, and since I read for pleasure, it should be readbale as well. The search goes on!