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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (26 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192892541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192892546
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.4 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This prose anthology of war is a delight for specialists and general readers alike. It works particularly well for dippers like myself. I found I was opening it at random, reading a couple of essays, becoming absorbed, reading more, opening at another point, repeating the process and so on. I shall return to it many times in the future.'Sir Anthony Parsons International Relations Vol XII No 2 Aug '94

'Collections of extracts about war in general or particular wars are nothing new, but this one seems original in its attempted comprehensiveness. It is called an "Oxford Reader", and it will no doubt make a very serviceable one for students the whole world over.'Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Lawrence Freeman is Professor of War Studies, Kings College, London. He is frequently interviewed about war issues and writes regularly for The Times.


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As an interested amateur in the field, I decided to buy several books that would give me a grounding in the analytical thinking behind War.
I invested in On War by Clausevitz as a matter of course, as well as the title above.
I started reading On War but found it a grammatically torturous and not very revealing read, and so put it down and started reading War (Oxford Readers).
It's a great place to start for a beginner, approaching the subject from many angles, a few of which I hadn't even considered. It's a collection of essays and snippets, many of which are quite old but it's amazing how relevant they are despite the immense changes that have occurred since 1991 (when the edition was released).
Certainly worth a read, and hopefully it will make On War a tad more digestible when I get round to trying to read it again.
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I first read this book when studying for a masters degree 8 years ago and it hasnt dated.It is vast in its scope with the first section covering the experiences of war from the eyes of those in the action from a rating at traflagar to ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. This is only the start the book then gathers some of the greatest writers in this field and covers causes of war, ethics , strategy, war and the miliatry establishment, total and limited war. If its about war theres something on it in this book from feminism to Blitzkrieg , from arms dealers to air power. With nearly a hundred authors contributing this is a must have book for the student of war.
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Outstanding theoretical work but still accessible. Strongly recommed for undergarduate and high end A level studies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection 20 Oct. 2000
By JanaMay - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for a class and couldn't put it down. A mixture of essays divided into several categories: The Experience of War, The Ethics of War, The Causes of War, Strategy, as well as sections of war history divided into essays on Total and Limited war. Truly a cross section of war information, the excerpts, memoirs, and essays are very short-- most only a few pages, but always enough to get a clear understanding of the author's point or experience. Wonderful resource for any military or history buff and a great place to start for anyone who's merely interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some master editing in this book 7 April 2014
By Dr.L. - Published on Amazon.com
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Lawrence Freedman is a master at editing. I believe editing is almost as difficult as writing the actual article. Freedman has selected some of the best authors and authorities on all aspects of war that I have seen in any one book. I teach a War, Peace and Society course at a small eastern Virginia college and have had several publishers attempt to sell me books for this class. This book stands out among them all AND I didn't go through one of the academic publishers. When I saw it available on Amazon I jumped at the chance to get this text. My students love the easy and interesting reading. The variety of articles is impressive as they are divided into seven different sections; the Experience of War, total war, ethics, strategies and more. This is a true overview of all of the topics associated with warfare and the consequences of it. There is also a fine bibliography and index. If you are looking for a good general text or reader on the topic of war, this is your book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priced Right-Excellent Delivery Speed! 21 Jan. 2016
By Philip S Haberman - Published on Amazon.com
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The price was right and it arrived ahead of schedule.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Order 7 Sept. 2008
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The book was delivered in great, discribed, condition and arrived promptly. I am very satisfied with the transaction, and I would be interested in doing business with the seller again.
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