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Strategy

A History

Sir Lawrence Freedman

October 2013

ISBN: 9780199325153

768 pages
Hardback
235x156mm

Price: £25.00

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One of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics synthesizes the vast history of strategy's evolution in this consistently engaging and surprising account of how it came to pervade every aspect of life.

  • The magnum opus of one of the world's leading experts on strategy, with decades of scholarly and practical experience
  • A panoramic synthesis of the role of strategy throughout world civilization, from ancient Greece through the nuclear age

About the Author(s)

Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies, King's College London, UK

Lawrence Freedman has been Professor of War Studies at King's College London since 1982, and Vice-Principal since 2003. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1995 and awarded the CBE in 1996, he was appointed Official Historian of the Falklands Campaign in 1997. He was awarded the KCMG in 2003. In June 2009 he was appointed to serve as a member of the official inquiry into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War. Professor Freedman has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the cold war, as well as commentating regularly on contemporary security issues. His most recent book, A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East, won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature.

Table of Contents

    DEDICATION
    PREFACE
    Part I ORIGINS
    1 ORIGINS 1: EVOLUTION
    2 ORIGINS 2: THE BIBLE
    3 ORIGINS 3: THE GREEKS
    4 SUN TZU AND MACHIAVELLI
    5 SATAN'S STRATEGY
    Part II STRATEGIES OF FORCE
    6 THE NEW SCIENCE OF STRATEGY
    7 CLAUSEWITZ
    8 THE FALSE SCIENCE
    9 ANNIHILATION OR EXHAUSTION
    10 BRAIN AND BRAWN
    11 THE INDIRECT APPROACH
    12 NUCLEAR GAMES
    13 THE RATIONALITY OF IRRATIONALITY
    14 GUERRILLA WARFARE
    15 OBSERVATION AND ORIENTATION
    16 THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY AFFAIRS
    17 THE MYTH OF THE MASTER STRATEGIST
    PART III STRATEGY FROM BELOW
    18 MARX AND A STRATEGY FOR THE WORKING CLASS
    19 HERZEN AND BAKUNIN
    20 REVISIONISTS AND VANGUARDS
    21 BUREAUCRATS, DEMOCRATS, and ELITES
    22 FORMULAS, MYTHS, AND PROPAGANDA
    23 THE POWER OF NONVIOLENCE
    24 EXISTENTIAL STRATEGY
    25 BLACK POWER AND WHITE ANGER
    26 FRAMES, PARADIGMS, DISCOURSES, AND NARRATIVES
    27 RACE, RELIGION, AND ELECTIONS
    PART IV STRATEGY FROM ABOVE
    28 THE RISE OF THE MANAGEMENT CLASS
    29 THE BUSINESS OF BUSINESS
    30 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
    31 BUSINESS AS WAR
    32 THE RISE OF ECONOMICS
    33 RED QUEENS AND BLUE OCEANS
    34 THE SOCIOLOGICAL CHALLENGE
    35 DELIBERATE OR EMERGENT
    PART V theories of strategy
    36 THE LIMITS OF RATIONAL CHOICE
    37 BEYOND RATIONAL CHOICE
    38 STORIES AND SCRIPTS
    37 BEYOND RATIONAL CHOICE
    38 STORIES AND SCRIPTS
    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Reviews

"[Strategy: A History] elegantly synthesises strands of thought." - RUSI Journal

"This is an epic undertaking, of considerable intellectual ambition. It displays the familiar Freedmanian virtues: clarity, economy, proficiency, sagacity a compound of deep immersion, practised exposition, and a certain practical wisdom in it... In strategy, everything is connected. Freedman shows us how." - The Guardian

"To the best of my knowledge, this is the only book ever attempted on the entire historical and conceptual domain of strategy. Indeed, I am somewhat awestruck by the scope of the mission that Freedman set himself. ... Strategy is a very considerable, indeed monumental, product that no one else has had the temerity to attempt." - Colin Gray, International Affairs

"A discursive account with many interesting passages ... There is much of interest in Freedman's book." - Jeremy Black, History Today

"Arguably the best book ever written on strategy (in its widest sense)." - Gerard DeGroot, Washington Post

"Freedman offers a wide-ranging, scholarly and entertaining history of the concept. He ranges from David and Goliath to Peter Drucker, by way of Marx and Machiavelli - and emphasises the importance of responding flexibly to events." - Books of the Year, Financial Times

"This is a book of startling scope, erudition and, more than anything, wisdom." - Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

"Magisterial ... wide-ranging erudition and densely packed argument." - The Economist

"[A] fascinating, at moments playful book." - Bruce Anderson, The Sunday Times

"Freedman's writing is admirably lucid, and the breadth of his knowledge and scholarship astonishing...Both as a history of ideas and as a work of reference, it is invaluable Erudite, wise and illuminating, Strategy is a book to be savoured and treasured." - Sir David Goodall, The Tablet

"This is an original and intriguing approach." - Richard Overy, Literary Review

"[A] vast exploration of strategy that is difficult to read, full of surprises, and marked by unsurpassed erudition. It also is witty and reminds us that he in the world who knows most about strategy may be the one who is the most unimpressed with it." - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

"An ambitious and sprawling book ... With admirable candor, Freedman tells us that he received the contract for this book in (gulp!) 1994, and that he made a "number of false starts" with the manuscript. Considering the daunting scope of the subject, this is entirely understandable. Considering the wisdom and analytical brilliance he brings to bear on that subject, it's been well worth the wait." - The Daily Beast

"Will surely become a standard reference in the discipline ... ambitious and impressive." - strategy+business.com

"A marvelous grand tour of the meaning, implications, and consequences of strategic thinking through the ages and in multiple contexts. Freedman is a master of the subject and unsurpassed in his ability to unravel the twists and turns of strategic complexities and paradoxes." - Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

"Lawrence Freedman shows here why he is justly renowned as one of the world's leading thinkers about strategy, which he defines as the central art of getting more out of a situation than the starting balance of power would suggest." - Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University and author of The Future of Power

"Erudite, wide-ranging, and covering an astonishing array of subjects relating to strategy." - Azar Gat, author of War in Human Civilization

"Freedman's writing is admirably lucid, and the breadth of his knowledge and scholarship astonishing... Both as a history of ideas and as a work of reference, it is invaluable Erudite, wise and illuminating, Strategy is a book to be savoured and treasured, not least in its conclusion: that "in the end, all we can do is to act as if we can influence events. To do otherwise is to succumb to fatalism."" - The Tablet

"So erudite, so wide-ranging, and so knowledgeable ... impressive achievement. No single book on strategy is as intellectually intimidating; and none moves as easily as his does across time and space." - The World Today

"Immensely learned and wide-ranging, beautifully written and full of insight ... a fine book." - Michael Williams, University of Hertfordshire