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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tough read but worth it
this was a tough read at times as the author often writes in a very dry scientific way that unless you grasp every word he says you can be left at the end of page wonder what the hell he was on about. but most other times you will find yourself slightly nodding at his theories and assessments. On War is a classic work that as been widely read all through the years after...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Not the easiest book to read but believed to be one of the classic standard works on strategy. Compulsery reading for cadets at military academies al around the world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tough read but worth it, 19 Feb 2012
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this was a tough read at times as the author often writes in a very dry scientific way that unless you grasp every word he says you can be left at the end of page wonder what the hell he was on about. but most other times you will find yourself slightly nodding at his theories and assessments. On War is a classic work that as been widely read all through the years after its publication and although it was written in a time when warfare was very different to that of today it is still an important read because while the technology and tactics of war may change the basic things of it will always remain such as what it takes to be an effective commander, the importance of logistics and the principles by which all wars are fought. its at times a heavy read but others a joyful one as you lie amazed at the perceptive grasp the author had for the subject and one in which he has examined all areas of from a definition of war to the difference between strategy and tactics so for the officer in training out there or the average armchair general this is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its going to be a must for any person looking into strategy or any other business related subjet, 11 Oct 2013
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A must for any MBA or Business Degree student.
It was heavily recommended by my entrepreneurship teacher at Trinity College Dublin, part of my MBA program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concentration needed!, 24 Sep 2013
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This is a good book but you need to be in the mood for it. I'm afraid I went my own way and read a chapter at a time and absorbed that much before returning to the next chapter. I think if some event came up where a military problem was involved, I'd probably take the book out and see what Von Clausewitz offered as an opinion. For students of military matters this is required reading
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good (theoretical) view of nineteenth Century warefare, 13 April 2000
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An interesting read. The basis for von Clausewitz' arguments are based very much in abstract theory - and they can be pretty heavy going at times. Also this book really only makes sense in its historical context - i.e. in the absence of flight and mobile warfare as options. Although some of the theory can be applied in a modern context, it doesn't always make sense to do so. Nevertheless, its a stimulating read, for those who have a deep military/historical background, and a lot of time on their hands.
Also, the translators/editors point out that the author did not finish his work, and by his own writings, was unhappy with it as it stood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War is merely continuation of politics, 17 Dec 2009
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I had no choice but give five stars. Reading this book made me realise how close current western philosophy is to Clausewitz military theories. Apparently, one thinks how it shapes today's world and what new theories we can look into to change world's thought process. We still follow old philosophies when it comes to governance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Global Theory of Warfare, 15 Aug 2011
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It is an extensive work, since it fits with the epoch, in which writing little was a sign of inconsistency, little importance and scanty reflection. The books or parts that compose it were finished in variable degree by the author, whose premature death did not allow its conclusion. I am more interested in the first chapters on "the theory and the philosophy of the war".
The other books or parts treat on the tactics of a period in which the enemy deployment was staying at the sights of the enemy command and his HHQQ and auxiliary, placed in a nearby height.
He praises Liddell Hart's opposite strategy: a decisive battle using the maximum own concentration and power on the enemy army.

In an age of masses armies, inaugurated by Napoleon (also called "the nation at arms"), soon was clear that it was not possible to win a war between full armed nations, in an alone great battle.
It was necessary a campaign with successive victorious operations, looking for the achievement of the military goals of the campaign (theatre of operations, Europe, Pacific Ocean, Africa) or the strategy. In addition, already there did not exist a genius advanced to his epoch as Napoleon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for everyone interested in military stuff, 28 Mar 2010
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Irreplaceble book for everyone doing a degree in InterPol or StrategicStudies. A must have item,written aby a man, whose genius is still relevant today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 2 Jan 2014
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Not the easiest book to read but believed to be one of the classic standard works on strategy. Compulsery reading for cadets at military academies al around the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Politicians to Learn, 22 Oct 2011
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This classic should be compulsory reading for all politicians. Were it so, then the world might be a better place.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD QUAL. ITEM - WELL PACKED - ARRIVED IN PERFECTLY GOOD TIME - WILL USE AGAIN, 8 Dec 2012
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GOOD QUAL. ITEM - WELL PACKED - ARRIVED IN PERFECTLY GOOD TIME - WILL USE AGAIN
Benn meaning to read this since my 20's - HEAVY going but Prussian noblemen - whaddya expect
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