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The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present by Beatrice Heuser(2010-11-30) Paperback – 1 January 2010
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- ASIN : B01FIWXID0
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press (1 January 2010)
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In Ms Hueser's book this struggle of alternate points of view is seen to presist over time and it is just fascinating to read through what people thought and said. We are of course dependent on the integrity of the author to accurately represent such view point from just a few quotations and brief description but that is the burden and the task of the historian of any kind. Over the course of the book, Ms Hueser does not truly disguise her preference for those who see war as being inherently something to be limited and controlled and for those who believe war is not something for which a formula for sure success can be found.
I would be remiss not to mention the truly comprehensive and amazing bibliography almost worth the price of the book in itself.
Reading the above comments I don't think I am fully justifying the five star rating which I don't often give. What I may not have communicated is the real intellectual joy it is to hear all these voices in dialouge across time and space. Try a dip into any chapter and I hope you will see what I mean. However, I suppose we should remember R.E. Lee's thought "It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we would grow to love it" and remind ourselves that war, no matter how skillfuly strategized and waged, ultimately means killing people like you or me.