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Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings Paperback – 31 Mar 1996

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; New edition edition (31 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891415750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891415756
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The book shows von Moltke to be a prophetic genius.
One wonders whether the German generals who joined
the French and British in ordering lemminglike frontal
assualts during the First World War read his works...
he predicted the effectiveness of modern firearms during
the 1870s. He also projected the ineffectiveness (or
worse) of the United Nations and League of Nations (see
page 25). Principles of management include acceptance
of responsibility by a single person (p. 26) and delegation
to the frontline manager (p. 77). Moltke's advocacy of
delegation belies the stereotype of the Prussian Army
as mechanistic and rigid. The book contains some echoes
of von Clausewitz' "On War," which von Moltke undoubtedly
read. Page 22 gives the FULL context of Moltke's infamous
statement, "Eternal peace is a dream, and not even a
pleasant one." (He continues, "... who can deny that every war,
even a victorious one, inflicts grevious wounds on all
involved?")
-William A. Levinson [...] "The Crisis Manager"
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