Why Clause­witz still mat­ters . . . 26

The Washington Times Weekly - - Page Two -

This work by Hew Stra­chan, a pro­fes­sor at Ox­ford Univer­sity and a lead­ing scholar of mil­i­tary his­tory, is a rare phe­nom­e­non: A bi­og­ra­phy of a book, or rather of the clas­sic mas­ter­piece and other writ­ings of Carl von Clause­witz, who served as an of­fi­cer of mid­dle rank in the Prus­sian army dur­ing the wars of Napoleon. Clause­witz’s “On War” is widely re­garded as the most au­thor­i­ta­tive anal­y­sis of war in any lan­guage, and Mr. Stra­chan pro­vides a thor­ough evo­lu­tion­ary treat­ment of it, am­ply de­tail­ing the for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and fierce pa­tri­o­tism of Clause­witz, and his pro­found cha­grin at Prus­sia’s early fail­ure to re­sist Napoleon Bon­a­parte on the bat­tle­field.

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