- Series: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication
- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: Wildside Press (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557423091
- ISBN-13: 978-1557423092
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,493,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WARFIGHTING (Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1)
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Very simply, Warfighting may be the best (nonfiction) book I've ever read. It is more concise, to the point, correct, profound, unconventional, easy to read, and concept-dense than anything else on my bookshelf. Wow. For a moderately fast reader, the 100 pages of the book should take about 20 minutes to read. Large type, short sentences, clear meanings. But it is incredibly well thought through.
If you are overeducated in the ways of the Academy/Cathedral, and you want to learn additional ways to think, the military strategists/military historians are the best anti-academic thinkers around. But this book just blew me away. I thought I had learned to simplify, and say clearly (in in person presentations, not on the blog -- the blog is for complex thinking that I need to share with someone). I am thoroughly impressed.
One thing I'd like to point out is this book (like most non-confidential documents published by the US Govt) is freely available on the Internet. Search under FMFM-1 (the first edition) or MCDP-1 (the 1997 re-write) on Google for the PDFs. This printed version does have a small introduction by F. Lee Bailey and a few other famous people who are also Marines.
Also, unlike a previous reviewer, don't discount the philosophy of Sun Tzu. "Warfighting" is a derivative of Clausewitz and Tzu. By reading these older philosophies you will become a better strategic thinker -- in all ways of life, not just war or business.
Should make my life more deliberate and effective, we will see.