Saturday, 7 August 2010

On War by Carl von Clausewitz

Official Blurb

A classic work on military strategy by a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars. The author's style is dialectical: he makes two strong but opposing statements and then draws them together to describe many facets of war. Free of technical jargon, and suitable for modern readers. This audiobook is based on a 1909 English translation.

My Review

I've known about this classic book ever since I became interested in wargaming. It's a military history classic that every officer in a modern army will have read ( OR I'LL WANT TO KNOW WHY NOT SOLDIER! )

It's similar to Sun Tzu's Art of War in that it is an anilitical study of the War and how to carry it out. It was written in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars so the examples of battlefield situations have that slant on them. That said, everything here is still applicable to modern wars. From the study on the military cults of personality, onto how to carry out a follow up after the enemy routs this book covers all of the important aspects of war.

It's not a light book, I would also reccomend that you don't listen to it on one sitting, it's a book that needs to be studied and digested. If you're a military historian or wargamer who has always meant to read this book, but haven't found the time, well, the time is now. The reader gives us an excellent presentation thats easy on the ear and clear in diction, both of which this text absolutely requires.

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3 ( Not really applicable!)

Total Score 7/9

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Listen to the first chapter