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  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (11 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521566274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521566278
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.8 cm
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"This book traces the processes that resulted in military strategies in 17 cases, ranging from ancient Greece and Rome to American nuclear strategy....Each essay is self-contained, and academics searching for brief but expert analyses of strategic case studies for teaching purposes will welcome this book." Foreign Affairs

"...the essays, including those on Israel and the United States in the nuclear age, are presented with remarkable verve and freshness." Brian Bond, Times Literary Supplement

"The essays by some of the finest strategic analysts in the world, both historians and historically minded political scientists, are of a uniformly high quality. The Making of Strategy is an exceptional work. Anyone who wishes to understand the essence of strategy-making as a process, and the factors that influence strategy-making will profit by reading these essays." Mackubin T. Owens, Strategic Review

"One of the advantages of the book is its essays on lesser-known periods for some powers....Military historians and political scientists can benefit from this work, as can students from the upper-division undergraduate level onward." R. Higham, Choice

"The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War offers an important collection of essays which examines the process of strategic decision-making from the Peloponnesian Wars to the nuclear age." The International History Review

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An analysis of how rulers and states from the fifth century BC to the present day have formulated their strategic choices. The case studies range from fifth-century Athens to Hitler's Germany, from Ming China to Israel and the post-war world order.

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I like to read about history and to learn from it.
I found in the book good summaries explaining the characters, attitudes and behaviour of rulers and their roles in making wars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow on read to Clausewitz's "On War" 7 April 2014
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A solid compendium of nation-state strategies throughout various historical periods and evolutionary states of governments. The editors did a good job of bringing many important but disparate discussions together.

To maximize the value of this book, a solid familiarity with Clausewitz's On War (at least book 1) is a prerequisite for understanding many of the precursory discriptions of concepts attributed to him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. - Well organized 6 Aug. 2013
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This book has been great. had to purchase for a class I was taking and I really appreciated the style which has different chapters with different authors dealing with different time periods/regions. Each chapter is written like a research paper and well supported with properly cited sources making this a solid reference material for any reader. I normally get rid of most of my college books but this one I am keeping not only for use in later research papers I am writing but also because I'm a fan of it. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 19 Dec. 2012
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I bought this book due to a Master's class I am taking with American Military University, while I'm deployed. The book arrived in great condition and quickly. The seller was prompt in notifying me of when it would arrive, as I was afraid I would already be deployed when it got to my mail box.
The book itself is interesting, but I've only started the first 3 chapters...
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Insightful rendering of diverse campaigns.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice compilation 10 Feb. 2013
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Comoilation of writings from many authors in chronological order, for the most part. Great reference, gives multiple thought on certain ideas. Good for research also.
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