- 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
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, And War Paperback – 11 Jul 1996
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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
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 found in the book good summaries explaining the characters, attitudes and behaviour of rulers and their roles in making wars.
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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.
The book itself is interesting, but I've only started the first 3 chapters...