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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

by Norman F. Dixon

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This unique and penetrating book surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War, through the Boer conflict, to the disasterous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second. It examines the social psychology of military organizations, provides case studies of individual commanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster. 'An absorbing, perceptive and often very funny study in human frailty. . . . stimulating and almost invariably provocative. ' Lord Chalfont, LISTENER… (more)
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    SteveCornell: Pennington focuses on the positive aspects of military psychological approaches, Dixon on the risks.
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Fascinating brief analyses of the personalities who were responsible for the worst military disasters in history. Just a little bit dated, in the Freudian part (1976 edition in paperback). ( )
  christineplouvier | Apr 20, 2014 |
This text surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War, through the Boer conflict, to the disastrous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second. It examines the social psychology of military organizations, provides case studies of individual commanders and indentifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster.
  antimuzak | Mar 22, 2010 |
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Månsson, Per LennartTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This unique and penetrating book surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War, through the Boer conflict, to the disasterous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second. It examines the social psychology of military organizations, provides case studies of individual commanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster. 'An absorbing, perceptive and often very funny study in human frailty. . . . stimulating and almost invariably provocative. ' Lord Chalfont, LISTENER

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