Strategy

Strategy

Second Revised Edition

Format
Paperback
Price
$20.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452010710
  • 448 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult

Overview

“The most important book by one of the outstanding military authorities of our time.” – Library Journal
 
This is the classic book on war as we know it. During his long life, Basil H. Liddell Hart was considered one of the world’s foremost military thinkers–a man generally regarded as the “Clausewitz of the 20th century.” Strategy is a seminal work of military history and theory, a perfect companion to Sun-tzu’s The Art of War and Carl von Clauswitz’s On War.

Liddell Hart stressed movement, flexibility, and surprise. He saw that in most military campaigns dislocation of the enemy’s psychological and physical balance is prelude to victory. This dislocation results from a strategic indirect approach. Reflect for a moment on the results of direct confrontation (trench war in WW I) versus indirect dislocation (Blitzkreig in WW II). Liddell Hart is also tonic for business and political planning: just change the vocabulary and his concepts fit.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Revised Edition
Preface

Part I: Strategy from Fifth Century B.C. to Twentieth Century A.D.
I. History as Practical Experience
II. Greek Wars—Epaminondas, Philip, and Alexander
III. Roman Wars—Hannibal, Scipio, and Caesar
IV. Byzantine Wars—Belisarius and Narses
V. Medieval Wars
VI. The Seventeenth Century—Gustavus, Cromwell, Turenne
VII. The Eighteenth Century—Marlborough and Frederick
VIII. The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte
IX. 1854-1914
X. Conclusions from Twenty-five Centuries

Part II: Strategy of the First World War
XI. The Plans and Their Issue in the Western Theatre, 1914
XII. The North-eastern Theatre
XIII. The South-eastern or Mediterranean Theatre
XIV. The Strategy of 1918

Part III: Strategy of the Second World War
XV. Hitler’s Strategy
XVI. Hitler’s Run of Victory
XVII. Hitler’s Decline
XVIII. Hitler’s Fall

Part IV. Fundamentals of Strategy and Grand Strategy
XIX. The Theory of Strategy
XX. The Concentrated Essence of Strategy and Tactics
XXI. National Object and Military Aim
XXII. Grand Strategy
XXII. Guerrilla War
Appendix I: The Strategy of Indirect Approach in the North African Campaign, 1940-42, by Major-General Eric Dorman-Smith
Appendix II: “For by Wise Counsel Thou Shalt Make Thy War.” A Strategical Analysis of the Arab-Israel War, 1948-9, by General Yigael Yadin
Index of Deductions
Index

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