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Strategy by B. H. Liddell Hart
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Strategy (1954)

by B. H. Liddell Hart

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This is the classic book on war as we know it. During his long life, Basil H. Liddell Hart was considered one of the world's foremost military thinkers--a man generally regarded as the "Clausewitz of the 20th century." Liddell Hart stressed movement, flexibilty, surprise. He saw that in most military campaigns dislocation of the enemy's psychological and physical balance is prelude to victory. This dislocation results from a strategic indirect approach. Reflect for a moment on the results of direct confrontation (trench war in WW I) versus indirect dislocation (Blitzkreig in WW II). Liddell Hart is also tonic for business and political planning: just change the vocabulary and his concepts fit. "The most important book by one of the outstanding military authorities of our time." (Library Journal)… (more)

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He has a tendency to hammer on his theory about the importance of indirection, so it can be oddly tedious to read. But his description of individual battles is always cogent and clear, and the end part about Clausewitz is fascinating. ( )
  trishrobertsmiller | Jul 15, 2019 |
Never finished; the bad history in the first volume of the two-book set I own (cherry-picking and manipulating facts to fit his conclusion) turned me off. Stick with Sun Tzu; there's nothing new here. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Apr 17, 2014 |
Classic text on strategy written by one of the creators of modern armored warfare. The clear discussion of Liddell Hart's signature concept of the "indirect approach". Also presents a good critique of the theories of Clausewitz although there are good arguments in other books that Liddell Hart misunderstood Clausewitz himself and was really being critical of how Clausewitz was interpreted by others. ( )
  SPQR2755 | Oct 13, 2013 |
This is generally considered an almost classic, ranked almost as highly as Sun Tzu or Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz. Liddell though takes Clausewitz and shows that most of the aphorisms associated with him are misunderstandings of his central ideas. Liddell also is an advocate of indirect warfare in order to surprise or disorient your enemy. The book is wide in scope and provides examples from the ancient world through more recent guerrilla actions.
  gmicksmith | Sep 15, 2013 |
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