- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1549 KB
- Print Length: 232 pages
- Publisher: Acheron Press (27 Sept. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009JNXCXG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am both an avid reader and a published writer - and this gives my brain legibility-weebles - its the only book I have ever read that's given me a headache - up to and including reading in the back of a Ford Cortina on Welsh back roads! At 60mph!
That's not to say that the insights aren't there and it isn't interesting but it can really only be loosely applied now.. and it certainly isn't relaxing bed time reading - Achtung Panzer by comparison is positively soporific simply because you aren't using 60% of your brain parsing the amazingly odd way this has either been written (or more likely translated).. its easier for me to roughly translate Old English from the original than it is to understand the convolutions of this...
interesting subject matter but hard to recommend since its very much of its time - sun tzu is a better tactical/strategic text since its pared to the bone and applies everywhere - and because of the translation oddities noted.. If you absolutely positively have to read Clausewitz its recommend-able, otherwise its only real use is to put the reader into a strange coma-like state that isn't sleep & whose sole recommendation is that its both cheaper & safer than caffeine pills..
War always has an object but so often the heat of conflict and the way in which ideologies confuse the brain, the reasons for fighting are lost sight of. Herodotus has the answer to the Persian governor when he showed two Greeks his wealth and the symbols of his status in the Persian hierarchy. The Greeks told him. "You only know the half. You are a slave and if you knew freedom you would fight for it."
Clausewitz may also have had some sound advice for 'Bomber Harris' in World War Two.
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