On War (Vom Kriege)

On War (Vom Kriege)

by Carl von Clausewitz, J. J. Graham
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On War (Vom Kriege) by Carl von Clausewitz

Vom Kriege (On War) is a book on war and military strategy by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz, written mostly after the Napoleonic wars, between 1816 and 1830, and published posthumously by his wife in 1832. It has been translated into English several times as On War. On War is actually an unfinished work; Clausewitz had set about revising his accumulated manuscripts in 1827, but did not live to finish the task. His wife eventually compiled all the work and the final two chapters Clausewitz never finished.

On War is one of the first books on modern military strategy. This is mainly due to Clausewitz' integration of politics and social and economic issues as some of the most important factors in deciding the outcomes of a war. It is one of the most important treatises on strategy ever written, and is prescribed at various military academies to this day.

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ISBN-13: 9781607784791
Publisher: MobileReference
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Mobi Classics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 357,310
File size: 301 KB

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On War 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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 The editor may be right in calling some of the chapters outdated, for example the chapters on rivers or mountain warfare, but in every chapter he gives some useful tidbit of knowledge which applies in all times.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.
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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!