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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic military textbook.
After more than a hundred years it is still relevant today. A must for anyone with a serious interest in the details of warfare.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Peter Crosland

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going
Reads a bit like a VCR manual that's been translated from Japanese to English by a Korean Rice Husker - only in this case its more like 18th century German that's been fed into Google Translate via a 1970s CSE textbook.
I am both an avid reader and a published writer - and this gives my brain legibility-weebles - its the only book I have ever read that's given me a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic military textbook., 27 Aug 2013
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After more than a hundred years it is still relevant today. A must for anyone with a serious interest in the details of warfare.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard going, 7 Jan 2014
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Reads a bit like a VCR manual that's been translated from Japanese to English by a Korean Rice Husker - only in this case its more like 18th century German that's been fed into Google Translate via a 1970s CSE textbook.
I am both an avid reader and a published writer - and this gives my brain legibility-weebles - its the only book I have ever read that's given me a headache - up to and including reading in the back of a Ford Cortina on Welsh back roads! At 60mph!

That's not to say that the insights aren't there and it isn't interesting but it can really only be loosely applied now.. and it certainly isn't relaxing bed time reading - Achtung Panzer by comparison is positively soporific simply because you aren't using 60% of your brain parsing the amazingly odd way this has either been written (or more likely translated).. its easier for me to roughly translate Old English from the original than it is to understand the convolutions of this...

interesting subject matter but hard to recommend since its very much of its time - sun tzu is a better tactical/strategic text since its pared to the bone and applies everywhere - and because of the translation oddities noted.. If you absolutely positively have to read Clausewitz its recommend-able, otherwise its only real use is to put the reader into a strange coma-like state that isn't sleep & whose sole recommendation is that its both cheaper & safer than caffeine pills..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, 25 Nov 2013
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I am not an avid student of the art of War but I do think that everyone with any sort of enquiring mind should read this. Clausewitz keeps the warrior and the arm chair warrior constantly reminded of 'why we fight'. It is a good idea to compare this with the argument for monarchic government by Hobbes.
War always has an object but so often the heat of conflict and the way in which ideologies confuse the brain, the reasons for fighting are lost sight of. Herodotus has the answer to the Persian governor when he showed two Greeks his wealth and the symbols of his status in the Persian hierarchy. The Greeks told him. "You only know the half. You are a slave and if you knew freedom you would fight for it."
Clausewitz may also have had some sound advice for 'Bomber Harris' in World War Two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Army officers, 30 Oct 2013
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Some imagination is required to relate the advice to modern scenarios
Still a great classic text but not too readable
Thought provocing
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3.0 out of 5 stars How to fight a war and the purpose for doing, or avoiding having to do so., 14 May 2013
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Interesting book but you must be prepared to read nineteenth century prose. It is not a book to read in bed. Furthermore, not surprisingly it is written with Frederick the Great, Blucher and Napoleon as the reference for examples, but when considering tactics, and more particularly a defensive strategy and switch to the offensive he would have done well to refer to others, not least Wellington. Of course his view of battle tactics now are dated, but the books do give a good view of the way strategists thought. It is interesting to compare how modern weaponry is applied, applying similar strategic thought on a global rather than a European theatre.
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