“Drawing on twenty years of studying, teaching, and applying military history, author Major Brian Steed, has written Piercing the Fog of War to develop an understanding of how the nature of conflict in all its aspects is changing so rapidly that it poses new demands on today’s military. The Iraq War is a perfect example of how the U.S. military learned how to combat an insurgency in which the enemy used improvised explosive devices, snipers, and suicide bombers as opposed to war between massed forces. Using eight case studies from the classical to the modern era, strategies for dealing with unexpected circumstances in a swiftly changing world are addressed. That makes this book valuable to anyone with management responsibilities, as well as those whose interest is the art of war.”
“U.S. Army officer, military historian, and strategist Brian Steed has put together a unique look at battlefields throughout history to help future commanders learn from their mistakes.”
“This well-researched title is a detailed academic analysis of the complexities of warfare. Examining a wide historical range of battles and engagements, it represents a useful reference tool…The best part, albeit rushed, is the battle for Grozny in 1994/1995, which highlights the total asymmetry of both protagonists.”
Library Journal, June 1, 2009
“We don’t want to fight the last war again, so how do we meet the challenge of the new war? What is the balance between experience and innovation? Steed, a U.S. Army officer who has taught battlefield tactics, offers a template to recognize game-changing innovation and provides historical examples in which a commander altered the battlefield to defeat a superior, complacent enemy, e.g., at Little Bighorn and more recently at Grozny (1996). For serious readers in military history.”
Book News Inc.
“Steed is a US Army officer, noted author and lecturer on battlefield tactics and military history, and he has written this account of seven historic "aberrational" battles that helped to redefine modern warfare. Written for general audiences and fans of military strategy, this book examines such legendary battles such as Little Bighorn (1876), the Horns of Hattin (1187) and Trenton (1776) to illustrate novel and effective strategies that are the very definition of "thinking outside of the box." The author presents the geographic setting, units involved, key leaders, tactical chronology and an overall analysis of the battle and what makes it unique.”