Masters of War [NOOK Book]


Masters of War is the first comprehensive study based on a detailed textual analysis of the classical works on war by Clauswitz, Sun Tzu, Mao Tse-tung, and, to a lesser extent, Jomini and Machiavelli.
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Masters of War is the first comprehensive study based on a detailed textual analysis of the classical works on war by Clauswitz, Sun Tzu, Mao Tse-tung, and, to a lesser extent, Jomini and Machiavelli.
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Based on textual analysis of the works of Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Mao Tse-tung, Jomini, and Machiavelli, this study seeks out the essential, timeless elements of waging war and thinking strategically. The comparative analysis highlights the continuity in the logic of war throughout history, with attention to its political roots, its rational purpose, and the factors influencing its direction and outcome. This third edition includes five new chapters, as well as new charts and diagrams. These chapters discuss the political results of victory, Clausewitz's "Trinitarian Analysis," and Corbett's naval strategy. Handel teaches strategy at the U.S. Naval War College. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203017746
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/29/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
1 Strategy: Past Theories, Modern Practice 1
2 Comparing Sun Tzu and Clausewitz 19
3 The Definition of War: A Question of the Level of Analysis 33
4 Clausewitz and Mao Tse-tung on Theory and Practice in War 41
5 'Attacking the Enemy's Plans' and the Concept of 'The Center of Gravity': Easter Psychology and Western Mechanics 53
6 The Primacy of Politics and the Military Commander 65
7 The Rational Calculus of War: Correlating Ends and Means 77
8 Clausewitz on the Role of 'Moral Forces' in War 81
9 The Supreme Act of Judgment: Understanding the 'Nature of War' and the 'Trinitarian Analysis' 91
10 The First Element of the Remarkable Trinity: The People in Arms 119
11 The Ideal and the Real: Victory without Bloodshed and the Search for the Decisive Battle 135
12 Speed, Numerical Superiority, and Victory 155
13 The Principle of Continuity and the Culminating Point of Victory: The Contradictory Nature of War 165
14 Clausewitz on War Termination 195
15 Deception, Surprise, and Intelligence 215
16 On Military Leadership 255
17 Boldness and Calculation 273
18 Corbett, Clausewitz, and Sun Tzu 277
19 Conclusions: Towards a Unified Theory of War 299
App. A Contradiction and Paradox in the Theory of War 303
App. B The Weinberger Doctrine 307
App. C Clausewitz's Ideal-Type Method Applied to Sun-Tzu's The Art of War 327
App. D Clausewitz's On War as a Gestalt or a Systemic Theory 345
App. E The Problem of the Level of Analysis and the 'Tacticization of Strategy' 353
App. F Clausewitz and the Principle of Concentration 361
Notes 369
Bibliography 443
Index: Conceptual Index to the Classical Strategists 465
Index: General Reference Index 470
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  • Posted February 3, 2009

    Must read for students of strategy!

    Excellent book comparing and contrasting different approaches to strategy. Well-written and easy to read, with insightful commentary by the author on the differences between the historic strategists.

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