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Frederick the Great On the Art of War, The Great Commanders Hardcover – January 1, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: The Great Commanders; y First printing edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000O7OUN2
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,441,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is super detailed and very well documented.
Ryan Lege
Three of the most noteworthy are Alexander the Great of Macedon, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and Frederick the Great of Prussia.
William S. Grass
This book does offer a lot of insight into the mind of one of history's best generals, Frederick the Great.
R. Forsythe

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William S. Grass on February 12, 2009
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It is rare for a monarch, whose power originates from the happenstance of family lineage, to also become a great military leader. Three of the most noteworthy are Alexander the Great of Macedon, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and Frederick the Great of Prussia. Only one of these, Frederick, lived to see his fortieth birthday, and to transmit to posterity his wisdom and experiences concerning the art of war. Author Jay Luvaas has done a masterful job of translating and editing Fredrick's various writings on myriad military topics and placing them in an accessible format for the military history enthusiast. Luvaas' own comments and observations are inserted only to clarify, never detracting from the feeling that it is still "Old Fritz" doing the talking.

In the introductory chapter, Luvaas places Frederick in his proper historical place: He is a monarch firmly set in the early modern period, concerned always with preservation of the balance of power among European kingdoms. If he wages a war of conquest, it is only for the province of Silesia. Frederick the general is subordinate to the policies of Frederick the king, and does not go about seeking glory for glory's sake.

Frederick's writings are intended for the successors to his throne as well as his generals in the field. For this reason they are practical in the extreme, dealing with the specifics of the geographical features found in the most likely theaters of war, and the characteristics of Prussia's most likely foes. We get a close look at the most important logistical issues of eighteenth century warfare such as the establishment and maintenance of magazines, foraging, and something known as "castrametation," which sounds painful, but is actually the art of laying out a camp.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Forsythe on October 14, 2005
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This book does offer a lot of insight into the mind of one of history's best generals, Frederick the Great. Frederick gives some background into the Prussian army of his father but not much beyond that. His writings on some of the major battles of the Seven Years War are quite interesting, as are some of the details of the formation of the army and how battles and campaigns are to be fought.
However, Frederick sometimes gets dragged down in the details and is too repetitive for modern readers. Also, although it is almost needless to say, Frederick shows a fair amount of bias towards his own accomplishments and often doesn't give his opponents or even his father sufficient praise.
Overall, though, Jay Luvaas does an excellent job blending Frederick's disorganized writings into one flowing work. He also adds some of his own thoughts and clarifications that aid in the understanding of the book. This is a great buy for anyone interested in warfare from the 17th to 19th centuries as it shows the transition period. Although, if you don't know much about Frederick or his wars, it may be a bit too confusing in the details to start with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 25, 2012
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I have two copies of this book and got it in the summer of 2010. I wasn't even aware that Frederick had his memoirs published. This is a very good book for Military Historians and for wargarmers alike. It does get repetitive at times and I wish he would have praised his opponents more but overall he did a good job along with his editor.
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