The Art of War by Baron De Jomini was considered by most military experts of the day, at the time of the American Civil War, to be the definitive work on strategy and warfare. Even today, it is highly regarded as a seminal work in the development of strategy.
Antoine Henri de Jomini was one of Napoleon's most capable generals. He contributed to almost all of Napoleon's major battles.
Napoleon regarded him so highly he made him Baron De Jomini. At the close of the Napoleonic wars De Jomini became General and Aide de camp for the Tsar of Russia. His first-hand accounts and rigorous analysis of important battles is still a major resource on tactics, strategy and warfare.
Other Special Editions in this series that deal with the subject of warfare and strategy include:
The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Special Edition
The Art of War By Mao Tse-tung - Special Edition
The Art of War & The Prince By Machiavelli - Special Edition
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jomini's "The Art of War" is a great contrast to Clauswitz's "On War." Clauswitz rambles on and on to get to a philosophical point of various military topics. Now this is important of course, and Clauswitz is good for military thinkers. But I like Jomini because he writes for military "doers." This book is a great instruction manuel for operational commanders, as an instruction manuel is to a model kit builder.
"The Art of War" covers and defines in Chapter 1 the different types of wars: offensive, defensive, etc. In Chapter 2 Jomini discusses Military Policy, Chapter 3 is on Strategy and Tactics, Chapter 4 Grand Tactics and Battles, Chapters 5 and 6 Geographic and Logistical challenges, and Chapter 7 Troop Battle Dispositions.
Unlike other prominent books on war (by Clauswitz and Sun Tzu) the best part of Jomini's "The Art of War" is that it includes sketches of different orders of battle (Chapter 4). For the brand-new reader of military science this is INVALUABLE because it shows what a flank attack is, an oblique order, a concave order a.k.a double envelopement, and echelon order, to name just a few. Why are these important? Because every Great Captain--Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Caesar, Frederick the Great, and Napoleon--have used at least one of these "universal" strategies to beat a larger enemy. I say "universal" because no matter what time period war is fought, from ancient times to the Persian Gulf War, these strategies can be used over and over again. Technology and tactics are always changing; strategies are the constant. Jomini brilliantly found these universal battle strategies, and wrote them for us! Although he focuses mostly on Frederick's and Napoleon's wars (Jomini fought with Napoleon, the big--er...little man himself!)the author's strategies that he laid out were also used by Alexander the Great (the Greek conqueror used the echelon order to defeat the Persians at Issus) and Hannibal of Carthage (the Romans were annihilated at Cannae by Hannibal's double envelopement).
For me this book is the best scrutiny of operational strategy and military doctrine. It gets to the point. Much of it is written for the 19th century reader but the strategies and principles are very important today. American soldiers sweeped away Saddam's army in 2003 by using enveloping maneuvers and fantastic logistical organization (see Chapter 4 and 6 for info on these topics!). Jomini's book is as pertinent today as it was back during the American Civil War.