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How to Make War (Fourth Edition) : A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Warfare in the Twenty-first Century
by James F. Dunnigan
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good for Wargamers - Veterans Need Not Apply
Mr. Dunnigan is an respected authority on wargames and military simulations, having produced more than one hundred (mostly manual) games between the late 1960's and early 1990's.The rise and complexity of computer and video games has mostly left him behind, however, in producing profitable products in recent years.This book is best suited for a reader interested in wargaming or as a basic introduction to broad military topics.If you already own the Updated Third Edition (1983), very little substance has changed in the Fourth Edition.The post-9/11 war on terrorism and current war in Iraq are not covered in any useful detail.In fact, lessons from the first Gulf War are not explained much at all.The "How to Make War" editions are written very much from the perspective of a wargamer and to a lesser extent a civilian historical and military analyst.Mr. Dunnigan is not a military professional and did not command men and machines in combat as a career soldier, sailor or airmen.His insights are good and in many cases spot on, but an experienced reader will quickly realize that the book superficially covers most topics and never really explains the psychology, politics, and specialization behind the numbers.It portrays an idealized and romantic view, akin to Tom Clancy`s fiction, by simplifying the issues into mathematical analysis and technical explanations of systems.John Keegan's books do a much better job of giving readers a good understanding of men at war and how they win.Mr. Dunnigan's writing style may also put some readers off, as he tends to lecture and ramble.Given his expert stature in the wargaming community, this professor to pupil style is easily understood.In summary, this book makes a good introduction for non-professional military readers and in particular wargamers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good
This book is one of the best I've come across on the subject of modern warfare. The chapters are well organized , easily read, and brutally honest on the truths of modern war as it is today and will be in the future. Dunnigan delves not only into tactis and strategy, but also other, often overlooked details of war in the modern world. Among these topics are morale of soldiers, training, equipment and technology, and logistics. Recommended for any student of warfare and current global issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Encyclopedia look at war but not quite sexy enough
An encyclopedia of modern military machinery and warfare. Thorough in its look at tactics and the weapons that are used by the armed forces. I would have liked to see a bit more of a look at what could be next though admittedly the author does answer the question in a way by saying that it's more likely to be more of the same with a lot more electronics until the next big war. And then it'll be lots of surprises. I guess my only complaint about the book is that it's not sexy enough. And considering that real war and the armed forces that gets the job done aren't sexy that's probably as big a compliment as anything else. This book gets an A on the StuPage Reviews. ... Read more

Isbn: 006009012X
Sales Rank: 50325
Subjects:  1. Armed Forces    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. Military    5. Military - Strategy    6. Military Science    7. Military art and science    8. Military weapons    9. Political Freedom & Security - International Secur    10. War    11. History / Military / Strategy   


On War (Penguin Classics)
by Karl Von Clausewitz
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1982)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor
"Buyer Beware!" The Penguin edition of On War is abridged and is missing Chapters Five, Six, and Seven (actually Books Five, Six, and Seven). The Princeton edition and the Everyman edition are edited by Peter Paret and Michael Howard and are complete and unexpurgated. For some strange reason, the reviews of the Everyman edition of On War and the Penguin edition are combined giving readers the idea that reviewers are discussing one edition when they are actually talking about another. The only thing the Penguin edition has going for it is that it is cheaper, so it might be useful for college students taking a course during 1 semester. Otherwise, get the Everyman edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Diplomacy By Other Means
Carl Von Clausewitz (1780-1831) was a Prussian aristocrat who served as an officer during the Napoleanic Wars and who began writing this treatise on warfare upon the conclusion of the conflict.Although primarily philosophical, Clausewitz' efforts are to explain the nature and the dynamics of war.Unlike Sun-Tzu's "The Art of War" which is primarily a work of maxims or dictums, Clausewitz tried to put such concepts into a theoretical and empirical framework.

This edition does a fine job at clarifying the historical context in which Clausewitz was writing his work as well as what issues he was trying to address.Clausewitz never found his works to be ready for publication but his wife had them published shortly after his death.One can see Clausewitz' efforts to categorize his concepts were strongly influenced by Emmanuel Kant's philosophy. This factor,in addition to his work being mostly rough drafts, can make Clausewitz a difficult writer to follow.

Clausewitz' most important and relevant concepts to the world today would be his "Books" 1-4 and 8 which deal with the theorical and philosophical aspects of war: his most famous phrase being that war is the execution of a state's diplomatic policies by other means (i.e. organized military force.)The objective of war is to make the enemy do your will (ideally with unrestricted force) which is to make him surrender unconditionally.The question then being who has the means and methods to put those principles into effect successfully.Clausewitz then goes into the concepts of leadership and strategy that are important in winning a battle or a war.Clausewitz' remaining works on offense, defense, and military forces are less relevant as they are more products of the Napoleanic War: their tactical and strategic insights are of limited use in the context of modern mechanized warfare.

This is a great edition as it is accompanied by a very detailed preface and introductory essays that clarify Clausewitz' convoluted manuscripts.The essays bring his work into modern perspective and discuss its important contributions to modern political and military thinking.I strongly recommend this edition and translation over other works as the reader will simply get more bang for their buck compared to publications by Penguin or others.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION OF ON WAR!!!
On War is an incredible work, but the Penguin Classics edition is terrible - the translation was done by an editor who was openly hostile to Clausewitz, something to do with Kissinger (whom our editor detested) being a Clausewitz fan.There are entire sections that are specifically translated in ways that make Clausewitz look bad, and edits to the same effect.

I highly suggest that you read this book - but read the Everyman's or Princeton version - those editions have the Peter Paret translation and are far superior in every way.The Everyman's edition in particular is fantastic - hardcover, elegant, and only a few dollars more than Penguin's steaming pile of excrement. ... Read more

Isbn: 0140444270
Sales Rank: 15976
Subjects:  1. History - General History    2. Military - General    3. Military Science    4. Military art and science    5. War    6. Warfare & Defence   


The Art of War
by Antoine Henri Jomini, Antoine Henri De Jomini, Charles Messenger
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Please note!
Although I have yet to read this book in it's whole, all readers and reviewers should take careful note that THIS IS NOT SUN TZU'S 'ART OF WAR'. This book, thought is bares the same title, is not the much more famous work most people think of when mentioning "the art of war". This "Art of War" was written by a different, lesser known military theorist - Jomini. This is a name that is far from mainstream and no where near being as ubiquetous as the work of Sun Tzu. Many reviewers have mistaken this work for the aforementioned asian work which predates this one by more than 1000 years.

Jomini was a contemporary of some other better known names, such as the famed (at least in military circles) Carl Von Clauswitz, whose famous work "On War" is lauded by so many military officers, theorists, as well as philosophers and statesmen alike. Jomini drew many of his ideas from Clauswitz, but indeed differed greatly. Jomini is worth reading for anyone who is interested in military history, theory, strategy and tactics - although personally I would recommend reading Sun Tzu's "Art of War" as well as Clauswitz's "On War" firstly.

5-0 out of 5 stars "War does not make one great"
Said an other eastern philospher, which seems to sum up Sun's thesis that true leadership is achieveing your nation's goals without resorting to war. what is fansinating in this work though is the degree that western and eastern armies differ. While many eastern armies were crushed by the abstract and seemingly faceless beast of the western style (Rome's legions, the British empire, ect.) the West has had trobule countering both the stuborn and flexable nature of Eastern fighting "an army is like a snake, attack its head and the tail will strike you. attack its tail and its head will strike. attack the center and both the head and the tail will strike" (the Persians learned that the hard way at Marthon). The crux of Tzu is that of understanding human nature and how it effects an army. Like general Shermen, he believed that an army has a "soul" and that it is not the death of men or lose of men that win or lose wars, but rather the presivation or devestation of this "soul".
Another point he hits on is the use of unconventinal tatics. Intreastingly, I first came across his work in Once an Eagle, where Sam (the hero) goes to China (in the 40's) and sees first hand the extent that Tzu is revlent in today's world.

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic of military thinking
The Civil War group I belong to structured an entire weekend seminar for hobbyists around Jomini. He's not exciting reading, but his influence on military thinking was profound. The tactics of the American Civil War grow organically out of Jomini and those who interpreted him (especially Mahan, who was one of the principle instructors at West Point prior to the war and an influence on an entire generation of officers who served on both sides). ... Read more

Isbn: 1853672491
Sales Rank: 89282
Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. History: World    3. Military Operations    4. Military Science    5. Military art and science   


The Art of War
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (10 March, 1983)
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The Art of War is the Swiss army knife of military theory--pop out a different tool for any situation.Folded into this small package are compact views on resourcefulness, momentum, cunning, the profit motive, flexibility, integrity, secrecy, speed, positioning, surprise, deception, manipulation, responsibility, and practicality.Thomas Cleary's translation keeps the package tight, with crisp language and short sections. Commentaries from the Chinese tradition trail Sun-tzu's words, elaborating and picking up on puzzling lines. Take the solitary passage: "Do not eat food for their soldiers."Elsewhere, Sun-tzu has told us to plunder the enemy's stores, but now we're not supposed to eat the food?The Tang dynasty commentator Du Mu solves the puzzle nicely, "If the enemy suddenly abandons their food supplies, they should be tested first before eating, lest they be poisoned." Most passages, however, are the pinnacle of succinct clarity: "Lure them in with the prospect of gain, take them by confusion" or "Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability is in the opponent." Sun-tzu's maxims are widely applicable beyond the military because they speak directly to the exigencies of survival. Your new tools will serve you well, but don't flaunt them. Remember Sun-tzu's advice: "Though effective, appear to be ineffective." --Brian Bruya ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I'm not really a student of military tactics, so I can't judge this work on those merits.From what I understand from the other reviews, and from the ravings of enthusiasts that I have heard, this book is one of the more important books covering the topic.This particular edition was interesting to me because there were a few examples of various applications of Sun Tzu's writings in actual battles from Stonewall Jackson to Hannibal given in the form of notes (I assume by Giles).Since I am more interested in historical events, than in strategy, this helped me understand the fine prose of the writer, even if I am not quite able to apply any of his "art" to my everyday life.I'm certain that a student of strategy would appreciate this work, as would people who are interested in Chinese history.I fail to see how it could be applicable to a corporate environment, but once again, that's not really my forte.I did love the concise method of the author, the easy to follow philosophies intertwined with the codified systems, and the colorful grace in which the subject was handled.The Introduction to this edition was also most insightful, and gives the reader an idea of what kind of man the author was.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not an instruction book for ass-whoopin'
It is interesting to note that all of the readers see this as a text on war, and how to beat your enemies.The first part of the book should be a leson to all of the war-mongers out there, that is If You Go To War You Have Already Lost.The consequences to your own people and soldiers and even the land must be counted for years after the battle is done.Sun-Tzu explains this well, and proceeds to explain how to wage a war causing the minimum amount of damage and suffering.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good price, but not the complete Giles translation
This edition of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" (by Sunzi, et al) is the classic translation by Lionel Giles.For the price, it is a great buy, but it is not the complete Giles translation.In the full work, throughout the text, Giles included commentary by various ancient writers as well as his own explanations and clarifications of Sun Tzu's statements.

Lionel Giles was a curator of the British Museum, in charge of Oriental printed Books and Manuscripts.In that position, he was the world's leading authority on ancient Chinese writing, having read and analyzed more material than perhaps anyone who ever lived. Not including Giles's commentary makes this a rather bare-bones book, or actually a booklet.This volume does, however, overcome the major objection to Giles' annotated work which was that the commentary tended to muddle the flow of Sun Tzu's expression.By stripping away the commentary, it leaves a text so clean that it is almost poetry.

Unfortunately this almost poetic monologue can be interpreted to mean almost anything the reader wishes it to mean.To more nearly understand what Sun Tzu was attempting with his essay requires the kind of in-depth scholarship that Giles included in the original imbedded commentary.Without the accompanying detailed explanations, the bare translation is very limited.

To overcome both objections to the various editions of "The Art of War" you should consider also buying a second copy of the Giles translation that contains the complete commentary.Another alternative would be to get the 2005 edition that contains both versions in one volume: "The Art of War by Sun Tzu - Special Edition." ... Read more

Isbn: 0385292163
Subjects:  1. Chinese Prose    2. Early works to 1800    3. Eastern - General    4. Leadership    5. Military    6. Military - General    7. Military Science    8. Military art and science    9. Philosophy    10. Technology    11. War And Peace    12. Philosophy / General   


Leadership: The Warrior's Art
by Barry R. McCaffrey, Christopher D. Kolenda, Walter F., Jr Ulmer
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read For Leaders at All Levels!
This book is a fantastic compendium of essays on leadership, specifically as it applies to the military experience. Chris Kolenda compiles a list of some of the most talented senior and junior leaders today, both in and out of uniform, as well as renowned historians. The vast majority of the authors taught at the U.S. Military Academy during some point in their career, ranging from the Departments of History, Social Sciences, and Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, to the Department of Physical Education.

The book is comprised of three major sections, 1) Ancient and Modern Concepts of Leadership, 2) Historical Case Studies, and 3) Contemporary Experiences and Reflections on Leadership, with author biographies, endnotes and index at the back. General (Retired) Barry McCaffrey wrote the foreword, while Lieutenant General (Retired) Walter Ulmer wrote the Introduction. The authors consist of such leaders as LTG Daniel Christman, former Superintendent of West Point, General (Retired) Gordon Sullivan, former Chief of Staff of the Army, and Professor Frederick Kagan, just to name a few.

This work contains a tremendous selection of thoughts and experiences on the art of leading soldiers. I will keep it on my shelf to refer to time and time again. As the editor writes in the preface, "developing the vibrant intellectual core from which a leader can draw insight into the art of leadership requires the courage and humility to immerse oneself in the ideas and experiences of others." Leadership: The Warrior's Art acts as a tremendous vehicle toward achieving that end.

Highly recommended for the military professional!

Chris Kolenda has put together a fantastic study of leadership that kept the cap off of my highlighter. "The Warrior's Art" gives the most in depth and comprehensive look at leadership that I've seen. If you want to lead and not just manage, you MUST HAVE THIS BOOK.

The book encapsulates the leadership studies of the great philosophers to allow the reader to rediscover the foundations of leadership. These insights are priceless and allow the true student of leadership (private sector or military) to see through the clutter of modern philosophies into what a leader really needs to do to make an organization or team work. Some of the most accomplished leaders in America follow with studies that give further historical insight and a look into the future. It is important to note that there are no step by step instructions and Chris and the other incredible authors allow you to evaluate the lessons and how you can apply them on your own.


Chris Kolenda has put together a fantastic study of leadership that kept the cap off of my highlighter. "The Warrior's Art" gives the most in depth and comprehensive look at leadership that I've seen. If you want to lead and not just manage, you MUST HAVE THIS BOOK.

The book encapsulates the leadership studies of the great philosophers to allow the reader to rediscover the foundations of leadership. These insights are priceless and allow the true student of leadership (private sector or military) to see through the clutter of modern philosophies into what a leader really needs to do to make an organization or team work. Some of the most accomplished leaders in America followwith studies that give further historical insight and a look into the future. It is important to note that there are no step by step instructions and Chris and the other incredible authors allow you to evaluate the lessons and how you can apply them on your own.

BRAVO! ... Read more

Isbn: 0970968213
Sales Rank: 22403
Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. History: World    4. Military - General    5. Military - Strategy    6. Military Science    7. Political Process - Leadership    8. World - General   


History of Warfare: Art Of War: War and Military Thought
by Martin Van Creveld, John Keegan
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 April, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A brief overview of Military thought
Martin van Creveld is one of the better military historians of the last half-century or so. He writes clearly and intelligently, and produces books that are timely and innovative. He has at times gotten himself into controversies with various other authors over his interpretations of events, but he does at least think innovatively and ananlytically. If he has a weakness as a writer, it's that he's too scholarly for the general public, and his ideas are therefore somewhat inaccessible.

The present volume is an attempt at an overview of the progress of military theory, as opposed to the evolution of warfare itself. It is structured, therefore, as a review of each work on warfare, one after the other in turn. As another reviewer noted, this leads to the weird phenomenon of a book about warfare (indirectly anyway) which jumps right over both World Wars without a blink. The author also attempts to keep to his subjects (the works themselves) and as a result gives the lives of the writers short shrift, at some points. Also he avoids discussing several controversies much (notably the question of how much influence Liddell Hart *really* had on the German Blitzkrieg) claiming that they've been dealt with elsewhere. This is no doubt true, but since this is supposed to be an introductory volume on the subject, saying this without even directing the reader to another volume is a bit annoying.

Taking all of the above into consideration, I enjoyed this book a great deal. Why not five stars then? Well the book is peppered with illustrations that are only marginally connected to the text of the book. Some of them are portraits of military thinkers or generals, and are reasonably worthwhile, though one that is supposed to be Sherman looks more like Grant. But also there are many elaborate maps (a standout feature of the Cassell History of Warfare series) and here they have nothing to do with the text and are superfluous. The only thing they do is take up space. The last one, for instance, depicts the war in Bosnia, and that's not even mentioned in the text at all, really. So I enjoyed the book, but I would hope they would rerelease it as a monograph without the useless pretty pictures.

4-0 out of 5 stars A brief Overview of Military theory
Martin van Creveld is one of the better military historians of the last half-century or so. He writes clearly and intelligently, and produces books that are timely and innovative. He has at times gotten himself into controversies with various other authors over his interpretations of events, but he does at least think innovatively and ananlytically. If he has a weakness as a writer, it's that he's too scholarly for the general public, and his ideas are therefore somewhat inaccessible.

The present volume is an attempt at an overview of the progress of military theory, as opposed to the evolution of warfare itself. It is structured, therefore, as a review of each work on warfare, one after the other in turn. As another reviewer noted, this leads to the weird phenomenon of a book about warfare (indirectly anyway) which jumps right over both World Wars without a blink. The author also attempts to keep to his subjects (the works themselves) and as a result gives the lives of the writers short shrift, at some points. Also he avoids discussing several controversies much (notably the question of how much influence Liddell Hart *really* had on the German Blitzkrieg) claiming that they've been dealt with elsewhere. This is no doubt true, but since this is supposed to be an introductory volume on the subject, saying this without even directing the reader to another volume is a bit annoying.

Taking all of the above into consideration, I enjoyed this book a great deal. Why not five stars then? Well the book is peppered with illustrations that are only marginally connected to the text of the book. Some of them are portraits of military thinkers or generals, and are reasonably worthwhile, though one that is supposed to be Sherman looks more like Grant. But also there are many elaborate maps (a standout feature of the Cassell History of Warfare series) and here they have nothing to do with the text and are superfluous. The only thing they do is take up space. The last one, for instance, depicts the war in Bosnia, and that's not even mentioned in the text at all, really. So I enjoyed the book, but I would hope they would rerelease it as a monograph without the useless pretty pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD INTRODUCTION
This book by Van Creveld might disappoint his hard core followers. But not me, or the general public, to the broader audience for which it was intended.
So here we have a very good description of the evolution of military theory and strategy. The basic outline of chinese military thought,of Onasander, Frontinus, Asclepiodotus and others from antiquity util the middle ages, puts things in perspective. Then the authortakes us on a excursion through the Middle ages,Machiavelli, Guibert, and some others until Clausewitz.
The importance of Jomini, Liddel Hart, Mahan, Ludendorff and many others is briefly outlined due to the nature and purpose of the book. At the end, for those that want to further explore, the author also has basic suggestions. Those that criticize this book for the brevity of the exploration of certain periods or authors, miss the point. Not everybody can read the direct sources and not everyone is involved in waging war.
For those who seek an understanding of how military thought evolved to the present stage, this is the right book to start with ( or to end, if you are not seriously committed to the matter at hand) ... Read more

Isbn: 0304352640
Sales Rank: 366437
Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: World    5. Military History (General)    6. Military Science    7. Military art and science    8. War (Philosophy)    9. History of specific subjects    10. Theory of warfare & military science   

How Wars Are Won : The 13 Rules of War - from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars lack of humility
Every opinion of his is presented as a fact.
Worst, he describes losers as the best: Jackson and Rommel were good, but all they had was a devastating right punch, all their ennemies had to do was smother them... wich they did...how is that Bevin?

5-0 out of 5 stars Winning With Indirect Methods
Noted Military Historian Bevin Alexander's latest effort represents an expansion of BH Liddell Hart's work. In his classic text on strategy, Liddell Hart differentiates between direct and indirect methods of warfare, and finds the latter to be by far the more successful approach. Liddell Hart does not examine different types of indirect action, however, and this is where Alexander's work comes in. Alexander begins with the premise that frontal assaults against fortified positions should never be attempted. Attacks should always come from the side or rear. This has the advantage of striking the enemy where they are weaker, and perhaps more importantly, it throws them off psychologically, disorienting, and frightening them. Alexander lists thirteen such variations on these same ideas, such as encirclement, holding in one place and striking another, creating diversions, cutting of the enemy's retreat, etc. Each method receives its own chapter, accompanied by several historical examples of the successful execution of the tactic, usually taken from as many different eras as possible. Of particular note are the examples taken from Stonewall Jackson's campaigns, a subject on which Alexander is one of the leading authorities. In writing this work it seems clear that Alexander is trying to place himself in line with the classics of military theory: Sun-Tzu, Clausewitz, Liddell Hart. Only time will tell whether or not he achieves this lofty goal.In the meantime there is little doubt that this fascinating and well-written work should be closely examined military strategists, historians, and armchair generals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
This book kinda caught be by surprise at first. Mainly it talked about how to win wars nowadays, against terrorist and not a full fledge conventional army. I continued to read though and found that the author does a very good job of comparing strategies used in the past with ways to win wars today. Another fact I enjoyed was that he does not care which side he is on. Constantly I read books that only take the American side, well in this book it plainly shows stupid maneuvers by American commanders from the enemy side. However, if you are someone who wants a book dedicated to looking at past battles and how they were won this is not for you. Although it does go into fantastic detail with plenty of maps, the book is about today and how to win the small unit actions required in todays world. ... Read more

Isbn: 0609610392
Sales Rank: 250638
Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. Military    4. Military - General    5. Military Science    6. Military art and science    7. War    8. History / Military / General   


On the German Art of War: Truppenfuhrung (Art of War)
by Bruce Condell, David T. Zabecki
Hardcover (01 August, 2001)
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Isbn: 1555879969
Sales Rank: 491113
Subjects:  1. Command of troops    2. Conventional Warfare    3. Europe - Germany    4. Germany    5. Handbooks, manuals, etc    6. Heer    7. History    8. History: World    9. Military - Strategy    10. Military - World War II    11. Military History - World War II    12. Military doctrine    13. Officers' handbooks    14. Tactics   


Strategy : Second Revised Edition
by Hart B. H. Liddell
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars uninspiring as a history, provoking as a book on theory
I apologize in advance for my lack of brevity, but to be fair to the author I feel that I must analyze this book at length.
While somewhat unimpressed by Hart's biography of Scipio Africanus, Hart's enviable reputation and the praise he garnered from some of our century's greatest generals encouraged me to give Strategy a chance. At first it looked like another disappointment, but I have come to appreciate this as a truly worthwhile book.
The bad first:The opening section of this book is an attempt by Hart to trace the entire history of Western warfare and demonstrate that in each era of history the indirect approach has worked better than direct assaults.For 143 pages he makes this point over and over again without adding any more detail.I quickly began to feel that he was oversimplifying events, and several times he seems to make very tenuous stretches between events and his theories.At other times it feels like he is attempting to stretch events to fit his theories when there is an insufficiently strong connection.He also seems to have an inadequate grasp of some of the historical periods.His knowledge of the American Civil War seemed a bit piecemeal to me, and his assertion that McClellan's indirect approach during the Peninsular campaign failed due to Lincoln's refusal to increase McClellan's forces does not match well with what I have heard from other sources, which blame McClellan's failure on his own hesitations.
After this section Hart enters into the period of the World Wars.Here he truly starts to shine.The campaigns are described in much greater detail and readers are treated to much better examples and explanations than previously.At last his theories can be envisioned and we hear something more detailed than the monotonous (if correct) repitition of the phrase "indirect approach."
After this excellent analysis of the World Wars, Hart moves on to discuss his theories.Here at last is the brilliance that had been promised.As irritated as I was with his history, his abstract writings were beautiful, concise, and thought-provoking.He is even-handed, imaginative, and rather than the over-simplification that I criticize him for in his earlier chapters he gives excellent and informative explanation.Of particular merit is his discussion of the limitations of Clausewitz (as commonly interpreted).
His final chapter discusses guerilla warfare and raises some fascinating questions about the downside of encouraging guerilla warfare against your enemies.While I think Hart might have erred on the side of caution here, the points he raises all have great merit and the fact that US-funded guerillas in Afghanistan later became a threat to the US bears out his warnings.My one criticism of this chapter is that it feels unfinished; he does not develop both sides of the argument and he does not suggest measures to help with the problems that he foresees.
On the whole, I find Hart to be an uninspiring historian but a brillian strategist and highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in grasping the true art of military matters.

4-0 out of 5 stars Belisarius said it Best!
I have an original edition of this book and found it useful to read at odd moments.As a naval oficer and one-time World History teacher, I found the early parts of the book fascinating and useful.And by the time Hart reaches his discussion of the age of Justinian and the re-conquest of the Roman Empire by Belisarius, one really has learned quite a bit about Western Civilization and its war history.

The chapter on Belisarius should be committed to memory by all of the current administration's strategic advisors should, because it was Belisarius who developed the Byzintine Empires strategy of winning wars by not "fighting" them.

Belisarius realized that a defeated Roman Empire could re-emerge as a great threat to Constantinople, as could the re-energized Persian Empire and the numerous babarian states surrounding Byzantium.And even with its great position as a world culture and trading capital, neither Justinian nor his empire could afford to engage every threat directly.Therefore, surrogates, feints and his age's version of "gunboat diplomacy" was much more cost effective.In fact Belisarius was one of the most effective generals of all time, even though his actual field leadership experience in battle was relatively limited.

(As an aside -- I would not be surprised if Belisarius was studied vigorously by every Soviet general who ever served.It seems that even though their government carried out a flawed political ideal, their strategies definitely articulated many of Belisarius's military ideas.)

3-0 out of 5 stars You better reaaaally like military history
The book is good. Personally i'd give it 4 stars, but because i'm thinking of the general public i'll give it 3 stars. My complains are that the maps are absolutely necessary to understanding the subject matter yet almost 100% impossible to read. The maps are so hard to read i can't even tell if the cities mentioned are on it or not.

The strategy is extremely detailed. This is almost more of a reference book to military strategy than anything else. Forget what Hannibal did vs Scipio? Open the book, "Oh yeah, now i remember". Although you can read it without any knowledge of the battles, as I did, you may get annoyed at the fact that the author hardly ever even bothers to mention which side generals belong to. You will be told that Prussia and Russia are at war (a totally made up example) and it will tell you about 2 generals that are fighting each other, but you won't know which one belongs to which side. This is why it is more of a reference manual than an amateur book.

Another BIG complaint that i haven't noticed others mention so far is that the author seems to have a HUUUUGE problem with proper pronoun usage. Specifically, there were way too many times where I felt like i could not tell which side was performing the action i was reading about because the general was ambiguous.

But othere than these complaints, i really enjoyed the book. I felt like i really learned a lot from it and would suggest it to anyone who is interested in military history as hardcore as i am. I specifically loved reading about Belisarius, who i never heard about before this book who, after reading about him, became my favorite general of all time. If you go to your local bookstore at least rip that chapter out of it because i think that EVERYONE would enjoy it. ... Read more

Isbn: 0452010713
Sales Rank: 38400
Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. History: World    3. Military - Strategy    4. Military history    5. Strategy    6. Business & Economics / General   


Shadow Warriors: Inside the Special Forces
by Tom Clancy, Carl Stiner, Tony Koltz
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Shadow Warriors is the third of Tom Clancy's commander books, andthis time around Clancy teams up with General Carl Stiner, retired, to recountthe recent history of U.S. Special Forces. Clancy notes that while SpecialForces played important roles in World War II and Vietnam, the U.S. military hasalways been uncomfortable with "elites" and their unconventional methods andthus tended to view them primarily as a "sideshow." However, in 1980 when 53Americans became hostages in Tehran, it became painfully clear that theconventional military tactics of the day, aimed at countering the Soviet Unionin Eastern Europe, simply could not deal with this new kind of threat. Most ofthe book revolves around Stiner's military career: its beginning in the late'50s, his tour in Vietnam as a Green Beret, various assignments in the MiddleEast, and his final stint as commander of SOCOM (U.S. Special OperationsCommand). Particularly interesting are Stiner's firsthand accounts of theAchille Lauro hostage rescue, the invasion of Panama, and operations inDesert Storm. Clancy fills in and adds context to Stiner's career and to theSpecial Forces themselves, including short stories of the Jedburgh teams inWorld War II and the formation of the Green Berets in the early '60s. Though attimes disjointed, the result is a fascinating and timely glimpse into theevolution of U.S. Special Forces. --Harry C. Edwards ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Tom's best
Some of the eventsmentioned in the book were not detailed enough for the reader to reach to the same conclusions that the author did. Maybe because I know these events and I some what disagree with him. But I can't talk on behalf of the people that are not aware of these events.
I would like to stress that I did not rate 3 stars because I disagree with the author, a lot of other topics I think that he was spot on and could not agree more with him. The reason I gave him 3 because The author lost my attention in the middle of the book and because it is not TOM's best work.

1-0 out of 5 stars Make believe to the max
Another fictional tale by Clancy passed off as the truth. Those who know the truth behind the Special Forces and Stiner are laughing their heads off. Well, after they wake up from reading this boring fabrication. It's a boring waste of time and money. Whats next for Clancy? Is he going to write a bio about the "Men in Black" and try to get the readers to believe that crap too? Maybe Stiner should try to write his own book without riding on Clancy's name. He could call it "How a four star general survives in the military without any leadership skills." Now thats a book we could all believe.

3-0 out of 5 stars Special Forces in the Shadows of Wars.
A most prolific writer, Tom Clancy has led his followers on seven Guided Tours with his nonfiction series, one inside The Special Forces of U.S. military.This is the third in-depth study he cooperated on with a retired general who had expertise of that aspect of war.Previously, he examined a study in command with Fred Franks, Jr., and 'Every Man A Tiger' (I like that title) with Chuck Horner.

"Shadow Warriors" was a detailed endeavor to explain special operations forces by a specialist from the top ranks.Carl Stiner, a resident of LaFollette, TN -- a town made famous in James Agee's A DEATH IN THE FAMILY -- had served as Commander in Chief of SOCOM.He relates in terms a civilian can understand the purpose and working of Green Berets of Viet Nam (who would ever forget that dramatic song performed by an actual member of the Green Berets, Barry Sandler, making it more authentic -- not just a musical interpretation of an unimaginable event?). Navy SEALS, and other specialized units.

The shadow warriors were an unknown undercover group starting out small in the 1950s which has evolved into the largest, most complex of missions in the U.S. military.They not only fight the wars but rebuild settlements, clean up afterwards, save lives of innocent civilians, rescue hostages (wish they were more effective in 2004 Iraq), and work in reconnaissance among other 'special' duties.

Specially trained to deal with situations where the traditional soldiers would be ineffective they comprise an elite group.Lt. Col. Bill Yarbrough's phrase "there are itches that only Special Forces can scratch," a metaphor for getting to impossible places to achieve the impossible.

Kinda like the itch of a healing injury under the bandage you are instructed not to remove after foot surgery (which I've just endured), or the place across your back after having all those needles inserted in a row (to aggravate the nerve endings) to discovre allergies which four years later you can't see or reach but they still itch.Of course, Yarbrough's 'itches' are more serious but no less irritating or easily remedied.

Carl Stiner has the hands-on experience to inform us of some of the situations and, as we all know, no one else is better able to put it in the storytelling manner Tom Clancy uses so masterfully.I remember when Helen Booth reviewed his first novel, THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, for our literary group, The Magazine Club (a historical endearment of Pulaski, TN) and looked directly at me when she declared, "You'd enjoy it."Me?

He's come a long way since then with a dozen achievements in the same vein and on the highest level of writing.He not only informs the reader of important military practices throughout the years but makes mundane, serious matters understandable and interesting, sometimes exciting.Movies have been successful of his books, PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, and RED OCTOBER.

The insignia of the Shadow Warriors imbedded in the binding (underneath the book jacket) makes this book about Special Forces "special" in its own right.In "Shadows in the Storm," Saddam Hussein was in his prime as a conqueror, a far cry from the defeated man who was found hiding in an underground bunker in 2003, a la Hitler -- only alone when discovered.

This chapter was about the 'other' Gulf War in which General Norman Schwarzkopf was described as "a good example of senior officer who did not understand Special Operations and was afraid of it."He did appreciate the ability of these soldiers to speak the languages of both sides, calling it "the glue that held the coaliton together."Egypt was an ally in the coalition, and Cairo is the Arab Media center, their "Hollywood."America used this center to combat propaganda and inform the world of Saddam's 'character.'

Even then, Colin Powell warned that "Saddam is making threats about waging a worldwide terrorist campaign" which was kept quiet.And we thought in 2002 it was Bin Laden (whatever happened to him, I wonder).History in the making, some interesting and some not so interesting is the basis of this book.There's even a "Bat Cave" involved (p.454).

Tony Koltz has contributed to Clancy's book, BATTLE READY, and this one.He was also co-author of UNTITLED on Special Forces with John Gresham.He was author of various "choose your own adventure" series of childhood books published by Skylark in the 1980s using spies, mind control, dictators and such.Makes him quite capable of knowing what goes on in the Special Forces of U. S. military!In that series, the #59, "Terror Island," was his exclusively. ... Read more

Isbn: 0425188310
Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. Low-intensity conflicts (Military science)    4. Military    5. Military - General    6. Military - United States    7. Military Science    8. Military art and science    9. Special forces (Military science)    10. United States   


Airborne: A Guided Tour of an Airborne Task Force
by Tom Clancy
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 November, 1997)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Clancy is kind of Right
I read his book on Marines and then the book on the Airborne. The problem that I have with Clancy is that he must hang out with the Public Relations officer where ever he goes. He gets the best possible answers and explanation for everything. So he is kind of right on just about everything but exactly right on just about nothing. I checked with a buddy from the Marine Corp.He had the exact reaction.Clancy should get down with the troops and find out what is really happening.

I spent 4 years with the 1st Brigade at the 82nd.LGOP to us meant "Lost Group of Paratroopers."This was pre GPS mind you. As for the 82nd taking shots from our Legged bretheran in the 101st. Notice it is they who feel the need to denigrate the real Airborne. In the 82nd we were always too busy to worry about what the legs were doing or what they thought.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clancy examines airborne warfare in this non-fiction work
Tom Clancy and John D. Gresham's Airborne: A Guided Tour of an Airborne Task Force is the fifth entry in Berkley's "Guided Tour" series of non-fiction books about U.S. military units.As one might expects, the book zeroes in on the elite paratroopers of the "All-American" 82nd Airborne Division, their "tools of the trade," training, history and roles and missions.

The 82nd Airborne is America's last true paratrooper division; its XVIII Airborne Corps partner, the 101st Air Assault Division ("The Screaming Eagles") traded in its parachutes for helicopters long ago.Along with the 101st, the 82nd Airborne is teamed with the 3rd Mechanized Infantry Division and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, giving the XVIII Airborne Corps both a powerful punch and flexibility.

Clancy and Gresham describe practically every weapon, tool, uniform and aircraft employed in modern airborne warfare today in a clear and concise fashion.The authors also discuss the proud history of the 82nd Airborne (and airborne warfare in general) from World War II to Operation Restore Democracy (the 1994 mission to remove the military junta in Haiti) and the various aspects of life for the modern-day paratrooper, particularly the arduous training regimen involved in getting young men and women to jump out of, as Clancy wryly observes, "perfectly good airplanes."

Airborne also includes an interview with the then-incoming commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Gen. John B. Keane and a Foreword by retired Gen. Gary Luck, who commanded the corps during the first Persian Gulf War in 1991.

As in all the books of the Guided Tour series, Clancy includes several short vignettes to illustrate what the 82nd Airborne's roles and missions are.Of course, now that we are in a major conflict in Iraq (in which the 82nd and 101st Divisions are engaged) Clancy's choices for settings (Sudan and Belize) seem odd, but they make for good reading and explain how the XVIII Airborne Corps is used in combat situations.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice try but lacking
Being a former 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper I was very disapointed with the contents of Mr. CLanceys book.For all the history that the 82nd has very little of it was covered in this book. He also failed to cover much of the 82nds current capbilities and possible uses. In fact at times I felt like I was reading a book on COSCOM, or the Airforce instead of an Airborne unit.There is much more depth that could have been given to this book had he taken the time, but instead you get the impression that Mr. Clancey saw Ft. Bragg from a tour bus going down Ardennes street.If you've never been in the military or an Airborne unit then this will give you "some" insight, but if your interested in military history, or have been a paratrooper then this ones not for you. Mr. Clancey may be good at fiction but there's alot he could learn from historians like Stephen Ambrose or Shelby Foote. ... Read more

Isbn: 0425157709
Sales Rank: 141973
Subjects:  1. Airborne Corps, XVIII    2. Airborne Division, 82nd    3. Army    4. Army.    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. History: American    8. Military - Aviation    9. Military Science    10. Parachute troops    11. United States    12. United States.   


Armored Cav: A Guided Tour of an Armored Cavalry Regiment
by Tom Clancy
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1997)
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A penetrating look inside an armored cavalryregiment--the technology, the strategies,and the people... profiled by Tom Clancy.

His first nonfiction book,Submarine, captured the reality of life aboard a nuclear warship. Now, the #1 bestselling author ofClear and Present Danger portrays today's military as only army personnel can know it.

With the same compelling, you-are-there immediacy of his acclaimedfiction, Tom Clancyprovides detailed descriptions of tanks, helicopters, artillery, and more--the brillianttechnology behind the U. S. Army. He captures military life--from thedrama of combatto the daily routine--with total accuracy, and reveals the roles andmissions that have inrecent years distinguished our fighting forces.

Armored Cav includes:

  • Descriptions of the M1A2 Main Battle Tank, the AH-64A Apache AttackHelicopter,and more
  • An interview with General Frederick Franks
  • Strategies behind the Desert Storm account
  • Exclusive photograph, illustrations and diagrams
PLUS: From West Point cadet to Desert Storm commander, aninterviewwith a combat cavalry officer on the rise. ... Read more
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good reference material
Very good book to be used for technical reference.It is NOT a novel (a la "Hunt For Red October"), so if that is what you are looking for, look elsewhere.Fairly accurate, if a bit dated. A lot has happened since this book was published.The M8 AGS was never fielded, the 2d ACR-L is now a Stryker Brigade, both 2d ACR and 3d ACR have seen combat in Iraq and elements of 11th ACR are heading over, and the then CPT H.R. McMasters of E Troop, 2d ACR (see battle of 73 Easting) is now COL McMasters and the 71st Colonel of the 3d ACR.So Mr Clancy, you have a lot of catching up to do!Till then - "BRAVE RIFLES!"Aiee-yah.....

3-0 out of 5 stars Guided Tour series continues....
Like the other six books in the Guided Tour series, Tom Clancy and John D. Gresham take the reader on a behind-the-scenes field trip of a military unit.This time, the focus is on an Army armored cavalry regiment, its equipment and personnel, the history of armored cavalry, and two short fictional scenarios depicting the use of this type of unit in combat.

The one new feature (later included in all the later books) is a softball interview with now-retired General Fred Franks, former commander of the VII Corps during Desert Storm and later commander of TRADOC, Training and Doctrine Commmand.Although informative, Armored Cav is more of a love letter to the Army than an unbiased piece of reporting. Still, fans of Clancy and of military hardware should not pass this book (or any of this series)up. Just park high expectations at the roadside and you'll enjoy this for what it is, and not what it could have been.

3-0 out of 5 stars Average Work
If you have read any of the other books in the series then you know what to expect with this one. The book follows the familiar format, it details out the machinery used, the troops, the division make up of the topic in the armed forces, a few interviews and it ends with some fictionalized short stories describing the expected types of encounters this area would face in the future.All in all a basic book on the armored cavalry that gives you all the basics.The Clancy style of writing, lots of facts and plodding movement work well in this type of book given that you buy it to learn about the subject.

Overall it is a good effort and if you have been happy with the other books in the series you will enjoy this one.My only complaints were that there did not seam to be enough photos of the equipment for me.Sure they had all the main items, but I wanted a picture of every truck and tractor covered in the book. I also would have liked to have seen a comparison of the other counties main battle tanks - something he did with his Submarine and Aircraft Carrier books. And one last little complaint - what was with his ending every chapter with some junior high school type rah-rah cheer.We are talking about the military; do we need this type of comic book love-fest mentality? ... Read more

Isbn: 0425158365
Subjects:  1. 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment    2. Armored Land Forces    3. Armored troops    4. Army    5. Army.    6. Clancy, Tom - Prose & Criticism    7. History    8. History - Military / War    9. Military    10. Military - General    11. Military Science    12. United States.   


Marine: A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit
by Tom Clancy
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 November, 1996)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Clancy says "Semper Fi" to America's 911 unit.....
The United States Marine Corps, as best-selling author Tom Clancy explains in the fourth entry in the Guided Tour series, is America's most hallowed armed service.Marine: A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit, is an in-depth look at a Marine Expeditionary Unit - Special Operations Capable, a 2,000-strong assault force equipped with armor, artillery and a small but powerful air support detachment that is capable of executing many types of military operations.

Currently, seven MEU(SOC)s are in active service; three each on each coast, plus one in Okinawa with the Third Marine Division.Each unit can carry out almost any type of operation, ranging from short-duration raids on an enemy shore to providing humanitarian assistance after a natural or man-made disaster. Clancy describes the tools and weapons used by the men and women of a MEU(SOC), the amphibious ships of the Navy (the Corps' parent service) as well as the history and doctrine of the United States Marines. There is an interview with the 31st Commandant of the Marines, as well as a fictional depiction of how a MEU(SOC) might be employed in a future combat.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Marines' greatest weapon are the Marines themselves
The thoroughness and deep respect Tom Clancy brings to this analysis of a US Marine Corps Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), or MEU (SOC), will not surprise anyone at all familiar with the author. What makes this book different from his similar titles about Army and Air Force units, as he notes early on, is that whereas technology is a key element in defining the armored cav unit or air wing, the principle distinctive for the Marine Corps is the Marine ethos and, therefore, the Marines themselves. Clancy does a fine job in capturing what makes the USMC unique among American, and indeed the world's, military forces.

Liking or disliking Clancy's writing is largely a matter of taste. Though I generally find him informative and reasonably insightful, he does tend to go on. Though "Marine" is relatively more compact than some other of his titles, here too I occasionally found myself skimming over long sections on training or, especially, the various weapons and other "tools of the trade" the Corps uses. Other people might find these the highlight of the book, though. To each his own.

On the whole, this book is a fine overview, not only of what a MEU (SOC) is and how it operates, but the larger issue of why we have a Corps and what makes it distinctive. As some of the reviews on this page indicate, the Corps is the only American military force that continually has to justify (to some) its existence. This book, like Victor Krulak's "First to Fight" (USNI Press, 1984), helps do that. It would also be a very valuable read for someone considering becoming a Marine, or for family members and friends wondering what their Marine has gone through, and why. This book may not be for everyone, but Clancy fans will definitely enjoy it, and interested readers will probably get a lot out of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Informative and well written
Despite of what a few isolated army airbore loonies might claim this book is quite informative and gives a good account of the most active section of our military today.
The Marine Corps continues to serve it's purpose and this book describes the most media-visible aspect of it.
If the army spent less time figuring out new recruiting slogans and new ways to prove the USMC "obsolete" instead of adapting to the current world reality like the other 3 branches have then perhaps they would not need to feel the need to steal the spotlight so much.
If all the fancy slogans and beret hand outs continue to attract people like the reviewer a couple of posts down I fear for the army's future. ... Read more

Isbn: 0425154548
Sales Rank: 57991
Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. History: American    4. Marine Corps    5. Marine Corps.    6. Marine Expeditionary Unit, Spe    7. Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable, 26th    8. Military - General    9. Military Science    10. United States    11. United States.   


Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship
by Tom Clancy
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Mass Market Paperback (01 January, 2002)
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Never before seen by the general public: a rare glimpse inside a LosAngeles-class (SSN-688) nuclear submarine ... with Tom Clancy asyour guide. Only the author ofThe Hunt for Red Octobercould capture thereality of lifeaboard a nuclear submarine. Only a writer of Mr. Clancy's magnitude couldobtainsecurity clearance for information, diagrams, and photographs neverbefore availableto the public. Now, for the first time, every civilian can enter this top secret worldand experience thedrama and excitement of this stunning technological achievement.... theweapons, theprocedures, the people themselves... the startling facts behind thefiction that made TomClancy a #1 bestseller.

Submarine includes:

  • Exclusive photographs, illustration, and diagrams
  • Mock war scenarios and weapons launch procedures
  • An inside look at life on board, from captain to crew, from trainingexercises tooperations
  • The fascinating history and evolution of submarines
PLUS: Tom Clancy's controversial views on submariner tactics andtrainingmethods. ... Read more
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good background Information
I have read a lot of different types of submarine stories over the past few years like Blind Man's Bluff, The Silent War and the most recent biography of Rickover.I wanted some background information on exactly how these machines work.
Well this book does more than supply that.The first section of the book tells about all the systems on a Los Angles class attack sub.It explains all the systems that are used on the craft with the exception of the nuclear power plant.It also tells why the US Navy has had no reactor accidents.
The most interesting part I found out was when they launch Torpedoes that have a wire attached to them that is almost 2 miles long that they can send messages correcting the guidance to the target.I had never heard of this before or ever seen it in a movie.I suppose they could use them like sonar buoys too.There were other things that surprised me too but I don't want to tell too much.

The next part talks about a United Kingdom Trafalgar class attack submarine.It was smaller but quieter than the US boats because instead of having a screw in the back for propulsion it used a pump jet which was the wave of the future.It also explained the differences between the US and UK's programs in the US Navy engineer skills are more important whereas in the UK it is command skills that are emphasis.The other thing is the UK brings along more beer with them mostly because of tradition.

The next part, which I thought was the best, was the mission section of the book. This was broken up into six sections describing the different kinds of roles nuclear submarines could be used for.There were some true life scenarios along with what we could have done in various situations.The emphasis here is stealth; the tomahawk mission and the mining mission of North Korean ports show the best example of this. The weapons are much more sophisticated than I had thought.

The final section on the other nations with submarines surprised me.I would have never thought that Italy and Norway would have a submarine force and that France had no nuclear submarines at all just diesels.

This was very interesting material to someone who is interesting in how nuclear submarines work and the kind of men who run them along with their possible missions.Some of it will amaze you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Deceptively Easy Read
If you want detailed technical information about modern submarines, there are probably better sources--Janes, for example.

That is not how I would approach this book.We all know that Tom Clancy is a great historical novelist.This book (and how much he actually wrote is debatable) is like a little "hornbook"--giving you the kind of atmosphere and technical details you could use to start thinking about writing a story--a story about humans with their frailties and courage, with the sea and submarines as a backdrop.

Sure. there are inaccuracies, but that isn't the point.What is mostly correct is there, and in enough detail to give one a fundamental understanding of submarine warfare, and the nature of "going down to sea in ships." I used the book to help my father, an ex-naval ordnance designer, in recovery from a stroke. It served well.

After all, it IS important to know the difference between a Mark 14 and a Mark 10 torpedo, is it not?

A fun read, not to be read at one sitting, and will enhance your enjoyment of films such as "Hunt for Red October" and "U-571".And the Janes series, while technically flawless, won't do that. You'll understand why Clancy has cornered this genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy Is At It Again
Tom Clancy, the author of many great military novels, is the author is the of "Submarine". "Submarine" takes a decisive look into the design and tactics of modern submarines and warfare. John Gresham aids Clancy in virtual tours of the U.S.S. Miami and the H.M.S. Eagle. Gresham paints a portrait in your mind of what the insides of a modern nuclear powered sub, where only a handful roam. "Submarine" also provides agood understandig of crew life aboard the Miami and the Eagle. Overa, I think this book gives a good image of submarines in the real world. This book is good for those interested in submarines and have a basic understanding of submarine terminology and equipment. ... Read more

Isbn: 0425183009
Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. Military    4. Military - Naval    5. Military Science    6. Nuclear submarines    7. Submarines (Ships)   


Into the Storm : A Study in Command (Commander's)
by TomClancy, FredFranks
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 May, 1998)
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Tom Clancy's latest love-letter to the military-industrial complex focuses on the Army--and Fred Franks, a general who helped smash Iraq in the Gulf War. In this first volume of a series on the intricacies of military command, Clancy traces the organizational success story of the U.S. Army's rise from the slough of Vietnam to the heights of victory in the Persian Gulf. In 1972, the Army lacked proper discipline, training, weapons, and doctrine; all these would be overhauled in the next 15 years. For those readers keen on such nuts and bolts, the book will be fascinating. But the book truly sparkles when Franks tells his story. A "tanker" who lost a foot in the invasion of Cambodia, he is a man of great courage, thoughtfulness, and integrity. One cannot help but wince when a civilian tells him, "You and those boys did that for nothing." And for all the acronyms and military history, that is what this book is about: healing the wounds Vietnam inflicted. "But this time [the Gulf War], it was going to end differently. They all would see to that." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best book I've read regarding the Gulf War.
First of all, you should know that the parts of this book written by Gen. Franks are not literary masterpieces.But then again Franks is not an author, he's a soldier.

However, if you want to learn about the no BS day by day actions of VII Corps during the 4 day ground war... this is the book for you.I was a young Sergeant in 3rd Armored Division during Desert Storm and this book really brings back the images of the war better than any other book on the subject I've read (including "Crusade" and "It doesn't take a hero").

The General has painstakingly written most of the essential information that one must read in order to know what happened during the infamous "Hail Mary" (as Schwarzkopf likes to refer to it) from the point of view of the soldiers of VII corps.

Gen. Franks is a gentleman soldier who, above all else, is a consummate professional.You won't get the theatrics that were included in Schwarzkopf's book... all you get is the down and dirty facts of what VII Corps went through.

Apart from the info regarding Desert Storm, I also enjoyed the background information on Gen. Franks, his service in Vietnam and how he overcame a potential career killer (losing half of his leg to a grenade) and became a Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army (and a 4-Star before he retired).

However, memoirs like this aren't really written for the public.Rather, their written for students of the event so they can learn from the past.And, for that, this book deserves a spot on any military enthusiasts book shelf.

Oh, and Tom Clancy did a good job too!

2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written for such an important topic
The book is very dense and poorly written.I expected a clearer narrative from Clancy.The book is repetitive and could be much tighter.Franks complains about being criticized for the tempo of his forces during the war.While he may have been wrongly criticized, it seems to be eating him up and the book reads like a 700 page justification of his decisions.I think it really detracts from what could have been an expert level description of the ground war.I appreciate that Franks is describing the war from his perspective, but I would have preferred less of his emotions and more matter of fact information about how the war progressed and the battles fought.He uses much more ink describing how the criticism of him was incorrect than he does describing his corps elimination of the Iraqi divisions.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too long, too myopic, and too complaining!
I was disappointed with this book.I have really enjoyed Clancy's other fact based books, but this one came up short.With Gen Fred Franks (an American Hero, no doubt, and not to be confused with Tommy Franks from a decade later) Tom Clancy wrote this detailled account of 7 Corps actions during the Gulf War in 1991.

--The book is very long winded.It just doesn't get into the action, and approaches the story with a patronizingly long professorial on military thought that really amounts to little.He spends half the book describing how the US army got itself into trouble from Vietnam and an overfocus on the Cold War which did not address all the mission areas required.That background is important, but it is too long and too academic.Then he goes on to spend pages and pages and pages describing a 4 day drive across the desert, skipping several details -- such as the Air Campaign which made that possible.Make no mistake, the details are there and the story is interesting, but boy does it take a long time to come out.Also -- I am not belittling the valor of our forces then or now.Exciting as the brief ground campaign was in 1991, it pales beside the recent performance of 3 ID, 1 MEF and our Brit allies in Spring 2003.They went a lot further, with less forces and certainty, at a much more rapid pace.That story deserves a long treatment, and I am looking forward to some good books on it when the time comes.

--Into the Storm is also very myopic.Gen Franks perspective is very limited to what his division was doing, and not the entire war.Perhaps without meaning to he neglects the contributions made by the other services and neighboring divisions.Having been thru some battles myself, I know that it is hard to make any sense out of battle.Information is always incomplete, and no one gets the whole picture.Unfortunately, Into the Storm is predictably parochial and blinded to what else is going on.Part of that comes from its focus on justifying the decisions made during the campaign, but of course, without the whole picture, it comes out pretty narrow.

--The most distasteful element of the book was it's nagging tendendany to be at times accusatory, self justifying and bitter.Into The Storm does provide a solid, interesting personal story, but there is also a strong tone of self-righteousness and old fashioned CYA mixed in.Schwarzkpof had many complaints about Franks, and Franks is eager to answer up in this book.That's exactly what poisons the simple story of a four day desert drive, vicious and dangerous as it was.This book was pretty obviously written to explain "Why and How" Gen Franks made his decisions.Although that is interesting enough as a study in command and execution during war, the book's tone gets downright whiny.It has "something to prove", and comes up short, especially as I read it last spring and then witnessed the two division sized elements tearing thru Iraq in 2003: a far greater campaign with more risk, less forces, and hopefully more permanent results.Also, compare this book to Every Man A Tiger, Lt Gen Horner's story of the Gulf War also written by Clancy, and you will notice right away the difference.Horner had nothing to prove, but just a grand story to tell of American Heroes (and allies/coalition partners) in battle in the desert in 1991.I am proud that the story has continued, and was not left with the bitter tone that comes from Into The Storm.

------> If you're wondering why I have this perspective, I will say that I am an Airman and believe that maneuver thru the skies and precision engagement -- coupled with all the force and support that airpower brings -- is the key to our victories since WWII.I read this book while I was stationed with the Army Command in Kuwait last Spring just prior to and during our team's rapid defeat of the entire Iraqi army, terrorists, and thugs from assorted countries.I also spent years patrolling the border of Iraq from the air, and am very gratified to see the end of that.My prayers and thoughts go to all our servicemen and women still in Harm's Way. ... Read more

Isbn: 0425163083
Subjects:  1. Biography    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. Middle East - General    5. Military    6. Military - Persian Gulf War    7. Military - United States    8. Persian Gulf War, 1991    9. United States    10. History / Military / General    11. Land forces & warfare    12. Middle East    13. War & defence operations   


The Costs of War: America's Pyrrhic Victories
by John V. Denson
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 February, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars WAR-hunh-Good God Y'all... What is it Good For?
~The Costs of War: America's Pyrrhic Victories~ is a compelling and powerful anthology directed against the imperial psychosis of our times. It offers a sweeping indictment of the costs of war in terms of loss of life, the effect on morality in the aftermath, inflation, mounting debt, statism, the loss of civil liberties and economic freedom. A multitude of collaborators have contributed to this powerful anthology including John Denson, Samuel Francis, Thomas Fleming, David Gordon, Paul Gottfried, Robert Higgs, Justin Raimondo, Murray Rothbard, Joseph Stromberg, Clyde Wilson, et al. In the words of Justin Raimondo, the "noninterventionist movement" has been "relegated to the margins of American politics, confined to pacifists and extreme leftists, on the one hand, and extreme rightists, including libertarians as well as members of the John Birch Society, on the other." Many of my nominally conservative friends have been of the mindset that a martial obsession is a novel conservative value. However, if they study history more objectively than they will find that there is nothing particularly conservative about being "warlike" and obsessed with "militarism," particularly within the Old Right conservative tradition at home in America. The neoconservative interlopers have led them astray. Notwithstanding our present-day abandonment of the non-interventionist tradition, its roots go back deep into America history. The founding fathers enshrined their commitment to non-interventionism in the Neutrality Act of 1793. "The Great rule of conduct for us," proclaimed George Washington, "in regard to foreign Nations is in extending our commercial relations to have with them as little political connection as possible... It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world." Thomas Jefferson further lauded the virtue of strategic independence, in proclaiming: "Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." John Quincy Adams surmised, "America does not go abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own." Some of our "monsters" in recent years whether Osama Bin Ladin or Saddam Hussain were actually considered our allies. Moreover, these "monsters" were foreign aid recipients and are actually "monsters" of our own countenance at one time. In my humble opinion, America's security lies in a foreign policy based on strategic independence and armed neutrality, not in reckless intervention abroad or in countless foreign entanglements, alliances, and commitments to international bodies like the United Nations.

Many people see the Second World War as a defining case against non-interventionism, but if they studied history more objectively than they would see how American intervention in the so called war to end all wars, the Great War, in fact paved the way for the Great Crusade in the Second World War. Woodrow Wilson's intervention in the Great War and his campaign to "make the world safe for democracy" actually served to make the world safe for both Hitler and Stalin. The seeds of Nazi Germany were planted by the forced abdication of the Kaiser and the vehement economic retribution perpetrated by the Western Allies like England and France against Germany, which only served to destabilise Germany and radicalise her body politic.

John Denson astutely surmises, "The greatest accomplishment of Western Civilization is arguably the achievement of individual liberty through limits on the power of the state. In the war-torn twentieth-century, we rarely hear that one of the main costs of armed conflict is the long-term loss of liberty to winners and losers alike." War for America, despite our overwhelming victories, has been one Pyrrhic victory after the other. "Beyond the obvious costs of dead and wounded soldiers, there is the lifetime struggle of veterans to live with their nightmares and their injuries; the hidden economic costs of inflation, debts, and taxes; and more generally the damages caused to our culture, our morality, and to civilisation at large." With this erudite anthology, Denson and many others illustrate the costs of war and the heavy toll that an imperial mindset unleashes on a nation. To encapsulate some of the brilliant content therein: Richard Gamble takes on the perennial champion of imperialism in the nineteenth-century Abraham Lincoln in a terse analysis of his sordid legacy, his war of aggression;Richard Raico sketches the costs of America's needless involvement in the Great War, in an essay entitled `World War I: The Turning Point;' Robert Higg's profound essay entitled `War and Leviathan' sketches a history of how war preparedness has led to a continual aggrandisement of power in the hands of the state while proving itself to be detrimental to freedom; and Paul Gottfried asks the most heterodox question of our time, in his essay `Is Modern Democracy Warlike?'

This book squarely challenges the prevailing myth that our sustained history of war in the twentieth-century has made us freer and secured more freedom at home. War is an engine for aggrandisement of power in the hands of state, centralisation, as well as sweeping cultural and moral changes. After WWII, Americans became acclimated to payroll withholding, a hefty income tax, and a mammoth centralised bureaucracy. Nonetheless, the idea that there is somehow salvific cleansing power in the spilt blood of the America G.I. continues to prevail. I whole-heartedly recommend this book. Thomas Woods put it best, "The Costs of War is easily one of the most important books to emerge from American conservatives in a generation." I whole-heartedly recommend this jewel, which is a reminder of the costs of war and a defender of the non-interventionist tradition which must be recovered.

5-0 out of 5 stars How we got to where we are, and the price we've paid.
_The Costs of War_ thoroughly examines how the US has gone from being a peaceful republic to the empire it is today. From the Civil War to the Spanish-American War and the World Wars, the essays in this volume tell you about the individuals who deliberately turned the country against its long-standing isolationist tradition, and how and why they did it.

More importantly, in keeping with its title, the book also describes the high price we've paid for the warfare state, not only in human lives, but also in damage to the economy, the culture, and especially liberty.

This book is essential for anyone who wants to understand what's going on in the world today in the context of what has gone before. The information and ideas here are extremely important, now moreso than ever, and I give the book my highest possible recommendation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Now more than ever...
The long-term impact of war on government and society is a topic that should be top-of-mind for all Americans right now. And I can think of few better places to begin contemplating that impact, and related questions, than the outstanding collection of essays assembled under the title "The Costs of War."

Like two other books that grew out of conferences hosted by the Mises Institute -- "Secession, State, and Liberty" (1998) and "Reassessing the Presidency" (2001) -- these essays are uniformly challenging, thought-provoking, and unashamedly "revisionist" ... which is to say, they question the accepted thinking of both liberal and conservative received wisdom. While all twenty contributions are worthwhile, I personally found three of them particularly rewarding: Joseph Stromberg's piece on the Spanish-American War and two essays by Ralph Raico, "World War I: The Turning Point" and "Rethinking Churchill." As a long-time student of Winston Churchill, I particularly recommend the latter. Far more than other so-called revisionists like Irving or Charmley, Raico's piece in "The Costs of War" raises questions that any intellectually-honest student or fan of WSC absolutely must confront.

Though I found those three essays particularly good, it's hard not to single out others as well. Murray Rothbard's two essays -- his important "America's Two Just Wars" and a reprint of his classic "World War I as Fulfillment" -- are, of course, up to the author's always-high standards. Justin Raimondo's chapter on the history of the anti-war Right highlights a theme he's been emphasizing again in recent months. As a former navy dependent, I was fascinated by Allan Carlson's survey of "The Military as an Engine of Social Change." And this weekend, it was more than a little surreal to look up from Eugene Sledge's memoirs of his World War II combat service, or Paul Fussell's meditation on "The Culture of War," to see the new Iraq war unfolding in real-time on my television.

Each of these essays gives the reader much to think about. But there's another thing I should warn about. As with the two other books I mentioned before, this title points the reader to many, many other books worth hunting down and reading. Mises Institute authors tend (to their credit) to love their footnotes, and I would bet reading "The Costs of War" has revealed at least three dozen more books on related topics I'll need to add to my must-find-time-to-read list.

Unabashedly pro-freedom, this book will open the reader's eyes to elements of history and political science she may well never have confronted before. And even if you already are a confirmed member of the Mises-Rothbard school of thought, the ideas, arguments, and points of scholarship contained here will stretch your intellectual muscles and arm you for future study and debate. In our time of war, as well as in what passes for "peace" these days, I recommend this title very, very highly. ... Read more

Isbn: 1560003197
Sales Rank: 907443
Subjects:  1. Business/Economics    2. General    3. Military Policy    4. Military-Political Relationships    5. Peace    6. Political Science    7. Politics - Current Events    8. War and society    9. War, Cost of    10. Military-General   


The Oxford Companion to American Military History
by John Whiteclay II Chambers, Fred Anderson, Lynn Eden, Joseph T. Glatthaar, Ronald H. Spector, G. Kurt Piehler
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 February, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Prize-Winning Reference Book
The Oxford Companion to American Military History has been awarded the Distinguished Reference Book Award by the Society for Military History in 2001.It has been the subject of several long and highly favorable reviews including those by Russell Weigley in the January 2001 issue of the "Journal of Military History," by Hew Strachan in the February 16, 2001 issue of "TLS, the London Times Literary Supplement," and by Vince Rinehart in April 9, 2000 issue of "The Washington Post's Book World."

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting reference for military history buff.
This book is NOT a chronological book of American military history, but rather an encyclopedic reference with thousands of entries. No pictures- ...It covers topics including: all the major wars, battles, bios on military leaders, warfare methods, a survey of combat weapons and military hardware, political acts by Congress and treaties, overviews of the military structure and services.It features contributions by notaries like Stephen E. Ambrose and John Keegan... its coverage priorities are odd. The political-correctness bent comes out every now and then in this book...

3-0 out of 5 stars An Encyclopedia for US History
While the quality of the book seems good, the organization is unusual for a history book.It should be emphasized that this is a reference book set up like an encyclopedia on people, battles, and wars (listedalphabetically).It is NOT set up chronologically! ... Read more

Isbn: 0195071980
Sales Rank: 257087
Subjects:  1. Dictionaries    2. History - Military / War    3. History, Military    4. Military    5. Military - United States    6. Military History (General)    7. Military Science    8. Military history    9. Reference    10. Technology    11. United States    12. United States - General    13. American history    14. North America    15. Reference works    16. Warfare & Defence   


Digital War : A View from the Front Lines
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (22 June, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
A book that tells it like it is. No doubt about it, this is a unique work.

3-0 out of 5 stars So Many Avenues...So Little Time
The fleeting nature of the evolving battlefield makes this book a benchmark to electronics and weapons...but for only a short period of time.One of the most fascinating things one can do with this book is speculate "what ifs" of past conflicts if fighting forces possessed the magnitude of perfect intelligence postulated for the future.Fact is that a number of battles which U.S. forces won against numerically superior forces might have turned out differently if personnel would have had near perfect intelligence.

The book is a series of essays that Captain Bateman compiled by corresponding with fellow officers.Some of the essays are right on target for now and the future while others will probably never come to fruition for a vary of reasons. As pointed out in the book, the full potential of digitization on the battlefield will fall far short until the completion of a paradigm shift at ALL levels of leadership.While the subject is addressed, more could have been written about the dangers of decision-makers "drowning in data while thirsting for knowledge".

5-0 out of 5 stars It Could've Been Better
While interesting, the book is somewhat limited. Not a word is mentioned about the Navy plans for "Network Centric" Warfare, the Air Force is ignored entirely, and the Marines are not mentioned either. The editor selected only "trigger pullers" to write, all of the authors (with one exception) are infantry or armor soldiers, not a broad group to say the least.
The book is interesting, although the quality of the chapters is uneven. Buy this book only if you are a professional ground combat person, or interesting in that topic. ... Read more

Isbn: 0891416854
Sales Rank: 998449
Subjects:  1. Army    2. Automation    3. Current Affairs    4. Data processing    5. History - Military / War    6. Military    7. Military & War    8. Military - General    9. Military - Strategy    10. Military Science    11. Military Science (General)    12. Military art and science    13. United States.    14. History / Military / General    15. Bargain   


by Martin Van Creveld
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Hardcover (31 March, 1991)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
When I finished reading this book I could hardly believe that a writer could prophesize the future war events in such a clear way. Van Creveld's thesis is that war as we know it in the last 3,5 centuries (waged between states and organized armies) has reached its end and is now in a process of radical tramsformation. Analyzing many examples from the military history he suggests that we are entering into an era where states lose the monopoly of waging war and confront non-state actors who do not embrace the same philosophical values. Van Creveld overturns Clauzewitz's traditional views one by one, using very convincing arguments, and unfortunately he is confirmed by international events today. While reading the book there were many cases when I was dumbfounded by the fact that a writer completing his work near the end of the Cold War could see our era with such a clarity, and I was really amazed by the fact that the book was written in 1991. It is more modern than anything else I have read on the subject of modern war and surpasses even contemporary analysis. Van Creveld does not avoid to touch even hot topics, like the sheer joy of fighting (paraphrasing Clausewitz he states that war is more the continuation of sports by other means than politics) the taboo of introducing women in the armies, the role of religion in the motivation of war and the very important argument that war does not begin when someone is willing to kill but when he is willing to die for a cause. The accuracy of his predictions is often so amazing that it becomes terrifying, especially when he states that in the future the war leaders will not be legitimate government officials but something like "The Old Man in the Mountains", meaninig the kind of warfare waged by assassins in the Middle Ages. He is also very critical against the current military-industrial complex and its super-expensive creations of high tech weapons, saying that all this paraphernalia of old war are like dinosaurs about to face extinction. This is a highly recommended book and it is sure that it will change many of your establised views on war.

5-0 out of 5 stars The words of a prophet and a teacher of Homer
To understand the review is to first know the reviewer:My background is aesthetic and I'm a teacher of literature.I stumbled across this book almost by accident; I haven't been the same since.

Prophecy is a tough trade; Van Creveld passes the test.This work is the first and best study of what is now called "4th Generation War".Indeed, it is not only -- put plain and simple -- the best theoretical work on war since Clausewitz, but it also offers an astonishingly pellucid view into the future of war. In Chapter 6, Van Creveld reaches a level of insight and eloquence about the fighting man not seen since Homer.Anyone who grew up hating war during the Vietman period, or who formed his views on war from Paul Fussell, or who posted greazy posters about how "war is not healthy for children and other living things" needs to allow himself to be transformed by _The Transformation of War_, Chapter 6. It transformed me.I never understood _The Iliad_ until I had read Van Creveld.

Must reading for all citizens.This best book I read in the 1990s -- so good that now I give talks about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading
What this book is about is described by the title: The Transformation of War. The book is an examination of the factors which influenced the development of military practice in the West. There are two main factors:(a)the development of technology, particularly as it applies to weapons and their use in war and (b)the influence of Karl von Clausewitz and his theories of war on Western military establishments. The importance of technology and of Clausewitz came about as a result of the pre-eminence of the Prussian military in Europe in the latter part of the 19th century. They were one of the first military establishments to successfully use new technologies in the development of artillery, communications (the telegraph) and especially the railroad to help them fight wars. As a result armies in other countries adopted many of their ideas and practices, including Clausewitz's theories on the nature of war.
Van Creveld argues that in today's world, reliance upon technology alone to solve military problems, simply will not work. There is no all-purpose technological solution to the problems that modern armies face. To support his argument he cites the experiences of the Israeli Army during the invasion of Lebanon in 1983. The Israeli Army which invaded was the best equipped, most powerful military force in Israel's history. Yet it ended by becoming bogged down in Lebanon against a foe armed mainly with Kalashnikovs and RPG's. He also argues that Clausewitz and his theories about the nature of war, and how it should be fought are no longer applicable. For example, Clausewitz believed that the essence of war involved a climatic final battle in which opposing armies fought until one was destroyed or surrendered. Only in this way could victory be guaranteed to the winner. The problem is, he doesn't have much to say about terrorist attacks or fighting and defeating an insurgency. As a consequence you have armies which are created, trained, and equipped to fight conventional wars trying to defeat terrorists or insurgents who have absolutely no intention of fighting that kind of war. What these armies are looking for is an opposing army that they can engage in battle. But the enemy that they're fighting doesn't fight that way, so a battle such as Clausewitz describes is never going to take place. Basically, these armies are trained to fight the wrong kind of war.
In light of events which are now taking place in Iraq the insights and analysis that the book provides are especially relevant. If you want to get some understanding of why things are going the way going in Iraq, you should read this book. ... Read more

Isbn: 0029331552
Sales Rank: 109826
Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. 20th century    3. General    4. History    5. History: American    6. Military - General    7. Military Science    8. Military Science (General)    9. Military art and science    10. Politics - Current Events    11. War    12. War And Peace    13. History / General   


The Next War
by Caspar Weinberger, Peter Schweizer
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 October, 1996)
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Imagine the following scenarios: in 1998, a full-scale war involving biological and nuclear weapons breaks out on the Korean peninsula, and China seizes the opportunity to invade Taiwan; in 1998, an Iranian-led jihad is unleashed throughout the Persian Gulf as fundamentalists rise up against secular Arab governments and organize terrorist strikes in the United States, while a nuclear weapon is detonated in Europe; in 2003, an American expeditionary force invades Mexico to topple a corrupt and recalcitrant drug-running regime in an attempt to stanch the flow of millions of refugees over the southern U. S. border. These and two other scenarios of global disaster are the "Next Wars" former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and Hoover Institute scholar Peter Schweizer consider in their new book on military readiness and defense strategy in the post-Cold War era. Their book contains both professional opinions about defense policy and fictionalized accounts of battlefield scenes in a style reminiscent of Tom Clancy, combining a human portrayal of the subject matter with detailed descriptions of weapons capabilities, military tactics, and the decision-making process of military and political leaders. This combination of narrative and policy detail makes for a highly readable account of defense tactics and captures the challenges of preparing for multiple regional conflicts under current budget constraints. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars A literary train wreck
This book was written as a series of five short stories, written in a style reminiscent of Tom Clancy, attempting to warn the public "Cut the military budget, we will lose wars."However, this book fails miserably in its goal.I read this book with the same morbid amusement that I derive from watching movies like "Battlefield: Earth."

After reading this book, I would not believe that any real policy maker had anything to do with this book.One might read this book and expect to be presented with well thought out, believable scenarios.However, one instead is presented with what seem more like "reruns"; each of the five scenarios read nothing more like rehashes of wars that the United States previously fought, with no insights greater than one could derive from watching The History Channel (to be fair, the Korea scenario is believable, simply because a resumed Korean war would resemble the old.But this does not hold for the other four.)

Additionally, this book is peppered with outright errors, or issues raised that seem like they were intended to raise every trigger in the alarmist's mind without regard for veracity.My favorite examples included "Japanese cyberstrikes", and China's population growth rate of seventeen billion (which to be fair, may be a typo, but even then, an explanation of why China's population control efforts failed would be in order.)

So in a nutshell, buy this book if you want a good laugh.

5-0 out of 5 stars I dont know what happened with my two orders
Sorry, for use this form, I dont find the correct place to do it. I want to know what's happened, because i'm register the charge to my amex two times the cost of the book the next war: one you say me to need the cancelation of the item because bla bla bla.

The second time I buy two used book's and other with the autograph of the autor Caspar Weinberger.

I read this book a few years ago, Today when I check my order, you don't have anything in your records.

please can you check wath's wrong please?

best regards

Mario Sanudo

5-0 out of 5 stars Fiction becoming reality.
This book may look very dreamer. But the Iran chapter looks very much like the current Afgan-terrorist crisis. When i started reading this book it looked to me very Clancy Style but not any more after looking at the twin towers colapse. As a mexican the scenario regarding Mexico and the narcotic-democracy its totally possible, i hope it will never happen. I recommend this book very much to you, the future vision of a Defense Secretary under the greatest president of the XX century must be considered. Enjoy. ... Read more

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