Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World [NOOK Book]

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“The world’s most fascinating battles and how they were won or lost, according to the Chinese sage.”—Kirkus Reviews


Imagine if Robert E. Lee had withdrawn to higher ground at Gettysburg instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napoléon, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he’d never made before. The advice that would have changed these crucial battles was written down centuries before Christ was born—but unfortunately for Lee, Napoléon, and ...
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Overview

“The world’s most fascinating battles and how they were won or lost, according to the Chinese sage.”—Kirkus Reviews


Imagine if Robert E. Lee had withdrawn to higher ground at Gettysburg instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napoléon, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he’d never made before. The advice that would have changed these crucial battles was written down centuries before Christ was born—but unfortunately for Lee, Napoléon, and Hitler, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War only became widely available in the West in the mid-twentieth century. As Bevin Alexander shows, Sun Tzu’s maxims often boil down to common sense, in a particularly pure and clear form. When Alexander frames these modern battles against 2,400-year-old precepts, the degree of overlap is stunning.


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“On display is Alexander’s penchant for counterfactual history, which will pique military-history readers as Alexander imparts different scenarios for how the Revolutionary War, Waterloo, the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Korean War could have turned out.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393082029
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 361,122
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Bevin Alexander is the author of How Great Generals Win, Lost Victories, and Inside the Nazi War Machine. He lives in Bremo Bluff, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Introduction: To Avoid Strength, Strike Weakness xi

1 Saratoga, 1777: The Battle That Transformed the World 1

2 The Carolinas, Yorktown, and Independence, 1781 17

3 Napoleon at Waterloo, 1815 42

4 The Civil War Campaigns of 1862 71

5 Gettysburg, 1863 108

6 Battle of the Marne, 1914 126

7 German Victory in the West, 1940 140

8 Stalingrad, 1942 165

9 The Liberation of France, 1944 181

10 Inchon and the Invasion of North Korea, 1950 202

11 The Abiding Wisdom of Sun Tzu 223

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 235

Selected Bibliography 267

Index 271

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Required reading for history "lessons learned" reading

    Mr. Alexander examines the possible outcome of five wars and battles which would have had greatly different outcomes if the principles of Sun Tzu had been known and followed. Fascinating reading.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    An excellent book for military strategist.

    I found Sun Tuz to be most informative and much better to read and understand than Clausewitz - On War.
    An excellent guide in reading and understanding the planning of a military operation. Sun Tuz at Gettysburg is companion reference for my military history collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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