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5.0 out of 5 stars Building a better army, January 11, 2001
This review is from: Breaking the Phalanx: A New Design for Landpower in the 21st Century (Bibliographies and Indexes in American) (Paperback)
This is an excellent work and ranks among the best military theory I have read. Macgregor systematically presents the history of American combineds arms, tears apart the current structure, and rebuilds it into lethal, 21st century fighting force.
Unlike many professional military men who take up the pen, Macgregor is an excellent writer, who justifies ever proposal he makes, but avoids bogging down the work in mountains of detail.
I do not agree wholesale with all of Macgregor's points, particularly in regards to naval expeditionary forces, but the overall rigor of the book more than compensates for that fact. Macgregor has clearly grasped the premise that elite institutions (such as the American military) can only improve through the most rigorous process of self criticism and innovation.
"Breaking the Phalanx" is an innovative, outstanding work, and if there is any justice the Army will give him a medal for his brilliant contribution to American arms.
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Initial post: Sep 16, 2010 10:00:37 PM PDT
Z. Hanzlik says:
Good Day in your WW IV bunker. I cometh over this book by chance while searching into The origins of Peloponnesian war. I am rather surprised what Khakinos would like to do more on this planet. Fighting Viagra induced nightmares,defensive way obviously, while Paris Hillton is snorting coke and Bob Dylan is singing for defence of Western cultural values. Get real and try Thucydides. Nutters with vacuum induced PHDs.
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