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The art of making war is among humankind's earliest professions, stretching far back before the written word, when heroic deeds in battles were carved on stone or recited through poem or song.In this sweeping, lucid history, Martin van Creveld explores military thought and strategy, from the earliest Chinese military thinkers to 20th-century perspectives on terrorism. This The art of making war is among humankind's earliest professions, stretching far back before the written word, when heroic deeds in battles were carved on stone or recited through poem or song.In this sweeping, lucid history, Martin van Creveld explores military thought and strategy, from the earliest Chinese military thinkers to 20th-century perspectives on terrorism. This incredibly comprehensive book provides the reader with a gripping narrative of how war has been waged in ages past and a glimpse of what war may come to look like in the future. Military theories from Chinese thinker Sun Tzu to experts on guerrilla warfare and the terrorism of today Strategies of the Greeks and Romans as they worked to raise armies, discipline them, arm them, and provide them with the means for victory The work of military geniuses Adam von Buelow, Antoine Henri Jomini, and Karl von Clausewitz, theorists who devised strategies still in use today Modern armored air, naval, and nuclear warfare -- how technology has changed the face of battle


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The art of making war is among humankind's earliest professions, stretching far back before the written word, when heroic deeds in battles were carved on stone or recited through poem or song.In this sweeping, lucid history, Martin van Creveld explores military thought and strategy, from the earliest Chinese military thinkers to 20th-century perspectives on terrorism. This The art of making war is among humankind's earliest professions, stretching far back before the written word, when heroic deeds in battles were carved on stone or recited through poem or song.In this sweeping, lucid history, Martin van Creveld explores military thought and strategy, from the earliest Chinese military thinkers to 20th-century perspectives on terrorism. This incredibly comprehensive book provides the reader with a gripping narrative of how war has been waged in ages past and a glimpse of what war may come to look like in the future. Military theories from Chinese thinker Sun Tzu to experts on guerrilla warfare and the terrorism of today Strategies of the Greeks and Romans as they worked to raise armies, discipline them, arm them, and provide them with the means for victory The work of military geniuses Adam von Buelow, Antoine Henri Jomini, and Karl von Clausewitz, theorists who devised strategies still in use today Modern armored air, naval, and nuclear warfare -- how technology has changed the face of battle

30 review for The Art of War: War and Military Thought

  1. 5 out of 5

    Işıl

    It felt more like a historiography than the actual art of war. If you lock yourself up in the library and comb through every book on war, you could just easily write a book like this. Need more depth in knowledge.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Darrow

    Obviously intended for folks who have a solid foundation in military history. This book is kind of stuck between being a summary of the bigger trends in military history and a detailed essay aimed at experts. It pulls off neither extreme and, as a result, has a very lukewarm feeling to it. Great pictures and visuals, however.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

    Ganske tørr oversikt over teorier knyttet til hvordan og hvorfor kriger utkjempes. Ettersom boka snart er 20 år gammel er det i dag artig å lese hvor lite tiltro forfattereren hadde i 2000 på utviklingen av "informasjonkrig/cyberwarfare". Ganske tørr oversikt over teorier knyttet til hvordan og hvorfor kriger utkjempes. Ettersom boka snart er 20 år gammel er det i dag artig å lese hvor lite tiltro forfattereren hadde i 2000 på utviklingen av "informasjonkrig/cyberwarfare".

  4. 4 out of 5

    SpaceBear

    This book provides a broad and introductory view to military strategy, from Ancient Chine, through to Jomini and Clauswitz, with a brief discussion of nuclear weapons and terrorism.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Somewhat unfortunately titled... since "The Art of War" is also the title of the most-famous and the third-most-famous works on warfare (Sun Tzu's and Jomini's, respectively). This is a decent overall survey of military thought and theory over the centuries. It falters towards the end, where the author departs from the survey of other writings and feels compelled to weigh in with his own opinions on modern warfare. A good introduction to the study of military philosophy and doctrine (and led me Somewhat unfortunately titled... since "The Art of War" is also the title of the most-famous and the third-most-famous works on warfare (Sun Tzu's and Jomini's, respectively). This is a decent overall survey of military thought and theory over the centuries. It falters towards the end, where the author departs from the survey of other writings and feels compelled to weigh in with his own opinions on modern warfare. A good introduction to the study of military philosophy and doctrine (and led me to some writers of whom I'd been previously unaware).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darrell E.

    This book accomplishes its purpose of providing an examination of the evolution of military thought. However, the author suffers from clear bias and has an odd obsession with Jomini while nearly poo-pooing the ideas of Clausewitz.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    It was probably more than OK but it's a topic I have a hard time getting my brain around. This helped a little but not enough that I would recommend it to others if a "Warfare for Dummies" were available elsewhere. It was probably more than OK but it's a topic I have a hard time getting my brain around. This helped a little but not enough that I would recommend it to others if a "Warfare for Dummies" were available elsewhere.

  8. 4 out of 5

    J.K.

    I am still not convinced that war is an art form. I still have not read anything that explains the process how and why we so regularily loosen our social and moral values to validate the initiation of violence and force. Honor, patriotism, a hankering for great things... I don't get it. I am still not convinced that war is an art form. I still have not read anything that explains the process how and why we so regularily loosen our social and moral values to validate the initiation of violence and force. Honor, patriotism, a hankering for great things... I don't get it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rick Parent

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. good broad review of war theory through the ages from Sun Tzu to Clausewicz and beyond. points out the evolution of war theory as it progresses from the overall context and minutia to developing theory of strategy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Monaco

    Quick and easy read providing a solid overview of the evolution of military war and thought. This serves as the wallpaper for deeper study. Perhaps light on Thucydides and heavy on Clausewitz, but who am I to judge.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maxo Marc

    Interesting and it fired my interest in militar history.

  12. 4 out of 5

    José

    It works as a bibliography with some decent synopses of the seminal works of military science/art. I guess I have read so much military history, it was a more like a review for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Givens

    Good resource for writers!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

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  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jolyon

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yann Wilhelm

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ruff

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rrrrrron

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stig Sigdestad

  21. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sargisson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clint Barron

  23. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Waldman

  24. 5 out of 5

    Subhajit Das

  25. 5 out of 5

    Re Za

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    John Toutant

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    Adam Elkus

  29. 5 out of 5

    John

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