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On War
     

On War

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by Carl Clausewitz
 

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Writing at the time of Napoleon's greatest campaigns, Prussian soldier and writer Carl von Clausewitz created this landmark treatise on the art of warfare, which presented war as part of a coherent system of political thought.

In line with Napoleon's own military actions, he illustrated the need to annihilate the enemy and make a strong display of one's

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Writing at the time of Napoleon's greatest campaigns, Prussian soldier and writer Carl von Clausewitz created this landmark treatise on the art of warfare, which presented war as part of a coherent system of political thought.

In line with Napoleon's own military actions, he illustrated the need to annihilate the enemy and make a strong display of one's power in an 'absolute war' without compromise. But he was also careful to distinguish between war and politics, arguing that war could only be justified when debate was no longer adequate, and that if undertaken, its aim should ultimately be to improve the wellbeing of the nation.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141920283
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
07/31/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Beatrice Heuser is Professor of at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, Munich.

Michael Howard is a Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University.

Peter Paret is Professor Emeritus of Modern European History at the Institute of Advance Studies, Princeton.

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On War 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't bother getting this abridged (also read butchered) version of Clausewitz' classic philosopy of war. If you want to know what Clausewitz was thinking, get a full translation. The editor may be right in calling some of the chapters outdated, for example the chapters on rivers or mountain warfare, but in every chapter he gives some useful tidbit of knowledge which applies in all times. The editor also inserted a lengthy introduction basically saying that Clausewitz' philosophy is bad when applied to modern times, showing his complete ignorance of what Clausewitz meant. Save your money for a full translation like The Everyman's Library edition by Peter Paret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very poor copy. The written characters are all jumbled up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a Google digitized version of On War. Where the computer couldn't recognize text or symbols from the printed original, the digitized text becomes bogged down with misspellings and garbled text. Not worth the trouble of downloading for free. I deleted it immediately. I'd give it zero stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this to update my library. An essential read to understand the history and politics of war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read if they could find a better translated book, I believe that it would be an better read then what this one was. Great read if your in the Marine Corps
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is a history buff and loves this book!