“One of the most legendary and quoted yet unread and misunderstood works of military theory. Clausewitz seeks to describe the metaphysics of war using a dialectic argument.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Way too much history here too.”see full review » see other reviews »
“"war is the continuation of politics by other means" Wow! Written by one of Napoleons generals, it expands on the teachings of Sun Tzu. I leave it up to you whether it adds to, or simply embelishes. Standing on the shoulders of giants? I enjoyed the book, and distilled some good information from it...”Andy Mitchell wrote this review Thursday, May 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“as you may have realized by now i love history. i have not yet read this book but plan on reading a good deal in my spare time. this book was recommended by BH Liddell Hart when he wrote "Strategy". i anxiously look forward to reading this book and learning what it offers.”Michael Dotson wrote this review Thursday, May 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“on page 13”Steve J. Gardner wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Way too much history here too.”Jacqueline B wrote this review Thursday, December 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the most legendary and quoted yet unread and misunderstood works of military theory. Clausewitz seeks to describe the metaphysics of war using a dialectic argument.”FJ Ness wrote this review Monday, August 8, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book was never finished (except for "Book 1") and it shows. Clausewitz vacillates back and forth often leaving you with no real conclusion. Clausewitz has a few exceptional insights and the book sets the language in which we now talk about war and military operations. This book is overly tedious and excessively difficult.”Mark Hofer II wrote this review Tuesday, April 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one of the most difficult, yet satisfying, books on military theory and politics that I have read. Parts of the book remain in a draft form and were not fully completed before Clausewitz' death. However, the first part of the book is fully formed and completed, and remains very relevant to society. Clausewitz' concepts regarding war an its subordinate relationship to political action continue to ring true today.
This is a difficult book to read, but if you only read the first part of the book you'll be rewarded. Just be patient, and re-read each section at least once to get the full gist of what the author is trying to say. ”
“Magnificent work on the politics, strategy and tactics of war and conflict. The principles are transferable to daily life as long as you are dedicated enough to intrerpret them and make it through this dedicated read.”Matt M wrote this review Saturday, August 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“magisterial work on war and thought of war
war is politics by other means, etc.”
“The most difficult book I've ever completed. Took me a month just to read it, and sadly not 100% able to understand the whole thing. This one needs a re-read someday. Some parts are just so indigestible and make me want to pull my hair due to frustration.
Having said that, why I gave this book four stars? Well, first it is a challenging read. Secondly, the contents are unbelievable. Yes, some explanations may be outdated, but the gist is still relevant. If one could get pass through the Book I-II of this book, then he/she is able to continue, that's my guarantee. Book III is where the fun starts, down right to the end. The examples taken from the Napoleonic and Prussian wars were quite helpful. [Note to self: read more about Frederick the Great]
Strategies, combats, relation of power, defense vs offense and plan of war, a military enthusiast should make this book his/her bible. Or even politicians, yes, they are obliged to read this book. Besides, as Clausewitz pointed out, the only source of war is politics.
I will not make a thorough review due to my need to re-read this enigmatic book to have a full grasp on its notions and philosophies (which are many).
Come to think of it... reading this book is like waging a war with the aim to compel our opponents (in this case our laziness, ignorance, lack of understanding) to fulfill our will.”