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Nd Strategy Gaddis reflects 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 OctavianAugustus St Augustine Machiavelli Elizabeth I Philip II the American Founding On Grand PDFEPUBFathers Clau. Awfully disappointed If you missed out on an Ivy League education don t feel deprived The book is basically a series of lectures to our future leaders The examples of bad strategy are easy and obvious Xerxes invades Greece the Syracusian expedition Napoleon s advance to Moscow Wilson and the League The good ones Lincoln and slavery FDR and WWII though Gaddis goes awfully easily on the betrayal of the Poles I wish Gaddis had tackled some tough choices like Churchill in 1940 or LBJ and Vietnam

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On Grand Strategy

A master class in strategic thinking distilled from the legendary program the author has co taught at Yale for decadesJohn Lewis Gaddis the distinguished historian of the Cold War has for almost two decades co taught grand strategy at Yale University with his colleagues Charles Hill and Paul Kennedy Now in On Gra. This book had a strong start and I got really excited about it But then he started making theological claims and doing it really really poorly He introduced St Augustine as a strategy thinker which I found really interesting But then he started poking fun at his theology literally sarcastic jabs and snide remarks And then he started making claims about what Augustine actually believed which contradicted all the known theological scholarship on Augustine Oh then he endorsed Machiavelli and included spiritual commentary on Machiavelli too And then the next two monarchs included of his personal opinion on their spiritual lives It became clear that he believed anyone who took God or morality seriously when making strategic decisions was deluded andor lying Again great start with some rich writing But the actual ideas in the book were confused and weakened by his continual commentary on spiritual matters I d be okay with this if he had mature and specific insights on theology s impact on strategy I d actually love that But his sweeping condemnations with no explanation ruined his book

Summary On Grand Strategy

Sewitz Tolstoy Lincoln Wilson Franklin D Roosevelt and Isaiah Berlin On Grand Strategy applies the sharp insights and wit readers have come to expect from Gaddis to times places and people he's never written about before For anyone interested in the art of leadership On Grand Strategy is in every way a master clas. Feels like you re following Gaddis thought process Best takeaway point common sense is like oxygen the higher you go the thinner it becomes


10 thoughts on “On Grand Strategy

  1. says:

    “The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing” Hedgehogs Berlin explained “relate everything to a single central vision” through which “all that they say and do has significance” Foxes in contrast “pursue many ends often unrelated and even contradictory connected if at all only in some de facto way” The distinction was simple but not frivolous it offered “a point of view from which to look and compare

  2. says:

    This book had a strong start and I got really excited about it But then he started making theological claims and doing it really really poorly He introduced St Augustine as a strategy thinker which I found really interesting But then he started poking fun at his theology literally sarcastic jabs and snide remarks

  3. says:

    John Gaddis is a great scholar His biography of Kennan is a fine book His books on the history of the Cold War are excelle

  4. says:

    Awfully disappointed If you missed out on an Ivy League education don’t feel deprived The book is basically a series of lectures to our future leaders The examples of bad strategy are easy and obvious—Xerxes

  5. says:

    This book really disappointed me I expected a discussion of well strategy Instead this was of a self help book with historical examples Those historical examples were largely context light presented as simplistic archetypes of styles of thinking Gaddis particularly loves the device of pitting two historical figures against

  6. says:

    John L Gaddis uses these pages to reflect on what his decades of study have revealed to him regarding grand strategy He brings together an extremely wide and varied treasure of historical sketches to illustrate his thoughts It might seem a bit

  7. says:

    Feels like you’re following Gaddis’ thought process Best takeaway point common sense is like oxygen the higher you go the thinner

  8. says:

    On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis is an interesting book examining Grand Strategy from the perspective of various case studies The book examines US strategies during its Civil War and its Cold War struggle with the USSR It looks at the Bri

  9. says:

    John Lewis Gaddis's On Grand Strategy 2018 is a fascinating book an erudite tour de force by an eminent historian on what it is to think successfully in an arena of human conflict in this case war Based on lectu

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    A number of not so closely related lessons from history of leaders Oxford professor Isaiah Berlin once categorized writers into two groups “the fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing” Plato and Dostoevsky are hedgehogs while Shakespeare and Joyce foxes It turns on this can be used to describe leaders too A good one should blend both The foxes BTW are far better in predicting outcomes of world politics Having realis

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