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On War: A Modern Military Classic Hardcover – 11 May 2008

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (11 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604593571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604593570
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Dear Amazon,
The book "ON WAR" by Clausewitz has now arrived; it was printed by you ( order No. 205-348 3078-5086 712).

It is unreadable because of the very small font ( font 7 or less; 25 words per line and over 4 lines per inch).

Why do you not use a normal size of font ?

I look forward to hearing from you

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T. B. Wilson
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Outstanding introductory essays and the substantive text is translated superbly. This work is a classic and I found its contents absorbing.I tried to read the author as a schoolboy and I was baffled: now much older now one can learn much from reading this edition. The author has an easy style in this translation and contents are arranged well. Outstanding value for money to own this classic text.
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This edition only includes Books I-IV of 'On War,' just half the book, and the 'active' table of contents only extends to the introduction. Look elsewhere.
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This is not an easy book to read nor understand. It takes several readings. A large investment in time will allow the reader to understand Clausewitz's system and the remarkable way that it stills aides in understanding the phenomenon of war. The text is adorned with many historical examples. Continuously emphasizing that war is 'a continuity of policy by other means. He has defined perfectly the theory of war, its tactical and strategic purposes. A must for an military or political leader.
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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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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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Without going into the details and virtues of Clusewitz's work (suffice to say that whether you agree with what he says or not, this is compulsory reading for anyone interested in war and strategy) I think it's important to point out that this particular translation (by Sir Michael Howard and Peter Paret) is widely acclaimed as far and away the best English language translation available. If you are considering getting hold of On War (especially if you are going to be studying it formally), put your hand in your pocket and get this version.
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Clausewitz treats war as a natural, social organism, which can best be understood by practical experience. In reaction to the attempts by Jomini and other strategists to rationalize the theory and practice of war into discernible, scientific laws, Clausewitz emphasizes the capriciousness of warfare. As in all human endeavors, chance is a random variable in the conduct of war. Implicit in Clausewitzian thought is a distinction between strategy and tactics. While certain principles are useful for tactical calculations, Clausewitz asserts that no "laws" for strategy exist; experience, though, can prove of great use to the military commander. Another Clausewitzian innovation is the idea that defense is a stronger form of war than offense. In defensive warfare, a greater degree of the state's internal resources (including her citizen-soldiers) are brought to bear on the military effort. Clearly, Clausewitz warns that offensive advantage, once it has lost its initial momentum or has seen its concentration of force weakened or divided, can quickly be transmuted into a defensive orientation. Thus, a good defense is necessary for good offense (even if only during momentary pauses).
The main contribution of Clausewitz is represented by his maxim that "war is merely the continuation of policy by other means." In other words, war is basically an extension of politics. The initial motive for warfare is encapsulated by a political objective; war is a means to a political end. Clausewitz argues that policy permeates and essentially determines the character and extent of all military operations; the authority of the military commander is circumscribed by the political aims of the state. Thus, Clausewitz essentially maintains that the public sector (the state) must exercise authority over military operations.
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