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Book Title: Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age|
The author of the book: Peter Paret
ISBN 13: 9780691092355
Edition: Princeton University Press
Date of issue: April 21st 1986
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A superb listing of essays the idea of 'grand strategy', which is a distinct field of analysis from just history, political science, or even economics. That is, what is the most optimal use of force to achieve objectives in war?
The book's essays are vast in scope. The first part of essays start with the origins of modern strategy in Machiavelli, then follow the trend through Maurice of Nassau, Vauban, and Frederick the Great. Part two covers the Napoleonic era, Clauswitz, and Jomini. Part three goes from the 19th century onwards, with the foundation of economic strategy (List, Hamilton, A. Smith, Marx/Engels), the Prussian General Staff, military history, Russian, French, and American strategy, and Alfred Thayer Mahan. Part four covers the 'interwar' period between 1918-1939, and the early theorists of air power, mechanized warfare, and strategy in the Pacific Front. Part five covers the evolution of nuclear strategy through the 1980s.
The book focuses on the makers of modern strategy, after all, so there are strong biographical elements in addition to more abstract concepts. Furthermore, the difficulty of defining modern strategy is one of the main questions here, especially as it grows to incorporate guerrilla uprising and nuclear warfare.
The book is now slightly out of date due to its age. Nothing after the cold war, for example. Still, many of the essays still retain value from a historical perspective, and are worth reading. They are also largely self-contained, so the book's length should not be intimidating. It is easy to choose essays which are of the greatest interest. It is a readable history, but also a sound reference work.
One side note - one of the essays on early Soviet strategy from the 1920s to the Second World War was written by none other than future Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. It's actually quite good, although, as fortune would have it, Rice did not have to deal with the Soviet Union during her tenure.
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