The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $39.99
  • Save: $4.52 (11%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Making of Strategy: R... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Used book in good condition. Paperback book. Has very little wear and tear on the cover. Corner of cover and text have slight dogears from paperback bumping. Binding is tight and in very good condition. Some pages in text have highlights, notes or markings from prior owner. FBA. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. We ship daily Monday-Friday. Delivery confirmation included. This book qualifies for PRIME and FREE SHIPPING!....PROBLEM WITH ORDER-CONTACT US FOR A QUICK SOLUTION..SATISFIED- PLEASE GIVE US FIVE STAR FEEDBACK!
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War Paperback – July 11, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0521566278 ISBN-10: 0521566274

Buy New
Price: $35.47
36 New from $25.82 38 Used from $3.17
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$35.47
$25.82 $3.17
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Get Up to 80% Back When You Sell Us Your Books
$35.47 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War + The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
Price for both: $50.56

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521566274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521566278
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"This book traces the processes that resulted in military strategies in 17 cases, ranging from ancient Greece and Rome to American nuclear strategy....Each essay is self-contained, and academics searching for brief but expert analyses of strategic case studies for teaching purposes will welcome this book." Foreign Affairs

"...the essays, including those on Israel and the United States in the nuclear age, are presented with remarkable verve and freshness." Brian Bond, Times Literary Supplement

"The essays by some of the finest strategic analysts in the world, both historians and historically minded political scientists, are of a uniformly high quality. The Making of Strategy is an exceptional work. Anyone who wishes to understand the essence of strategy-making as a process, and the factors that influence strategy-making will profit by reading these essays." Mackubin T. Owens, Strategic Review

"One of the advantages of the book is its essays on lesser-known periods for some powers....Military historians and political scientists can benefit from this work, as can students from the upper-division undergraduate level onward." R. Higham, Choice

"The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War offers an important collection of essays which examines the process of strategic decision-making from the Peloponnesian Wars to the nuclear age." The International History Review

Book Description

Seventeen case studies--from the fifth century B.C. to the present--analyze through a common framework how strategists have sought to implement a coherent course of action against their adversaries. They concentrate on the processes by which rulers and states have formed strategy.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
44%
4 star
44%
3 star
11%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 9 customer reviews
Good for research also.
C. Ferguson
I normally get rid of most of my college books but this one I am keeping not only for use in later research papers I am writing but also because I'm a fan of it.
Christopher A. Hernandez
This book should be read by anybody with a serious interest in Strategic/War Studies.
"top_cat1980"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "top_cat1980" on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
The purpose of "The Making of Strategy" is to give the reader an insight into how strategy has been made in the past. This is done through various historical case studies which range from Ancient Greece to American Cold War nuclear policy. Each essay tries to show events from the perspectives of those who were involved and attempts to get inside the mindset of the people who had to forumlate and then implement the various strategies.
As has been stated, the essays span a considerable time period, though there is perhaps (definitely in fact) a weighting towards 20th century strategy. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is probably dependant upon the reader's personal taste but I didn't have a problem with it.
The quality of the essays is invariably of a very high quality and the contributors are leaders in the field of Strategic Studies (Colin Gray, Donald Kagan, Eliot Cohen, the late Michael Handel, Williamson Murray, Macgregor Knox etc). Standout chapters include Holger Herwig's withering analysis of Imperial German strategy in the post-Bismarck period and (by virtue both of quality and of the fact that it tackles a relatively obscure and much neglected power's policy) Brian Sullivan's chapter on Italian grand strategy in the build-up to the First World War.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
"The Making of Strategy" examines the strategy-making processes through the cultural, social, political, organisational and historical ( not just the military ) lenses, starting from the Peloponnesian Wars to the Nuclear Age. The book is also excellent in inrtoducing the concept of Weltanschauung; how a nation's strategic choices are often products of its strategic culture. This helps the reader to understand that despite advances in military technologies; why most wars are fought the way they are fought. Very easy reading and excellent book on the little known process of how strategy is often made.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on April 7, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A solid compendium of nation-state strategies throughout various historical periods and evolutionary states of governments. The editors did a good job of bringing many important but disparate discussions together.

To maximize the value of this book, a solid familiarity with Clausewitz's On War (at least book 1) is a prerequisite for understanding many of the precursory discriptions of concepts attributed to him.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has been great. had to purchase for a class I was taking and I really appreciated the style which has different chapters with different authors dealing with different time periods/regions. Each chapter is written like a research paper and well supported with properly cited sources making this a solid reference material for any reader. I normally get rid of most of my college books but this one I am keeping not only for use in later research papers I am writing but also because I'm a fan of it. Highly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By David on May 29, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is required for one of my college courses. Strategy can be a dull topic in my opinion but the authors write this book with a lively slant.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War
This item: The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War
Price: $35.47
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com