- Hardcover: 566 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st edition (October 21, 1943)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691069077
- ISBN-13: 978-0691069074
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,914,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Makers of Modern Strategy: Military Thought from Machiavelli to Hitler Hardcover – October 21, 1943
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This book traces the development of total war beginning with Machiavelli (1469- 1527). A battery of the greatest minds and ruthless men follows, such as Frederick the Great, Napoleon, Clausewitz, Adam Smith, Engels and Marx, General Foch, Lenin, Stalin, Mahan and ends with Hitler. Bibliographical notes for every chapter show each author's deep learning. The constellations must have been aligned right in 1943 that 20 brilliant scholars should write as one. Although an updated edition in 1986 has only reprinted 3 of the original chapters, this original classic on total war will continue to be valued for generations. You will cherish it, get it while you can.
The premise of the book, and one I'd been coming around to myself, is that war is not some interruption in human history but an unfortunately integral aspect of our history and should be studied as such---not to encourage more war, but to prevent it. To paraphrase Clausewitz, who is oft quoted and has a chapter almost to himself, war is policy by other means. The book argues for a grand strategy (one that spans decades, and looks far into the future) to avoid letting little conflicts get out of had and end up causing wars. The problem is that the book was written in 1943, with an allied victory in sight, when it seemed prudent to plan for a post war world. Obviously, they could not foresee the atomic bomb and the effect it would have on the national psyche (Don't like world events? "Nuke em! Nuke the commies, Nuke the Chinese!") and the paranoia that would develop once the Soviets got the bomb and when China went communist. It also didn't foresee the coming of the Military Industrial Complex and how that would change America to its core.Read more ›