On Grand Strategy

Autor John Lewis Gaddis
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 2 apr 2019
'A training manual for our troubled times ... It makes sense of our world, but is also capable of beautifully crafted pithy historical judgements. ... It is a book that cares about liberty, choice and a moral compass, that warns against hubris' Roger Boyes,The Times

John Lewis Gaddis, the distinguished historian and acclaimed author of The Cold War, has for almost two decades co-taught the grand strategy seminar at Yale University with his colleagues Charles Hill and Paul Kennedy. Now, in On Grand Strategy, Gaddis reflects with insight and wit on what he has learned.

In chapters extending from the ancient world through World War II, Gaddis assesses grand strategic theory and practice in Herodotus, Thucydides, Sun Tzu, Octavian/Augustus, Saint Augustine, Machiavelli,Elizabeth I, Philip II, the American Founding Fathers, Clausewitz, Tolstoy,Lincoln, Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Isaiah Berlin.

'For the past 16 years Gaddis has taught a course on grand strategy to students at Yale University. Reading his book, you wish every university could offer it. Gaddis roves across the centuries, offering advice on subjects from statecraft and warfare to leading a worthwhile life' Phillip Delves Broughton,Evening Standard

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ISBN-13: 9780141987224
ISBN-10: 0141987227
Pagini: 384
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.28 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

John Lewis Gaddisis an internationally renowned historian of the Cold War and has been called 'the dean of Cold War historians' byThe New York Times. He is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University and the author of numerous books, includingThe United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947,Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy,We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History,The Landscape of HistoryandSurprise, Security and the American Experience.George F. Kennan, An American Lifewon the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. He is a 2005 winner of the US National Humanities Medal and lives in New Haven.


An extraordinary treatise on the need to teach the principles of sound strategy to today's leaders... It makes sense of our world, but is also capable of beautifully crafted pithy historical judgements. ... It is a book that cares about liberty, choice and a moral compass, that warns against the hubris of an angry Bonaparte on the turn in a Russian winter, against leaders who do not listen or learn. A training manual for our troubled times
On Grand Strategyis many things - a thoughtful validation of the liberal arts, an argument for literature over social science, an engaging reflection on university education and some timely advice that lasting victory comes from winning what you can rather than all that you want.
A brilliant book - learned, seductively written, deep
Gaddis has indisputably earned the right to plow different fields of historical inquiry, which he does inOn Grand Strategywith self-evident glee and peripatetic curiosity
A long walk with a single, delightful mind, which makes it much easier for the reader to comprehend the lessons that cohere across continents and millennia