The Great Courses: Masters of War: History’s Greatest Strategic Thinkers


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What can Thucydides teach us about the war in Iraq in 2003? What is the key to adaptation during an ongoing conflict? How do you balance the tension between political and military objectives? Why are insurgency and terrorism such powerful military tactics, and how do you combat them? As these questions show, military strategy matters. Civilizations with the greatest strategists-often coupled with the greatest resources-have had a powerful edge over competing civilizations. From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the ways insurgency and terrorism have defined war in the 21st century, military strategy and its outcomes have altered the course of history. And while the means of warfare may change, the classics of strategic thought endure. Crafted by Professor Andrew R. Wilson-who taught at Harvard and now teaches at the elite U.S. Naval War College-Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers offers an in-depth look at the world's most brilliant strategists. These 24 eye-opening lectures will give you a new appreciation for the subtleties and complexities of military strategy and the decisive ways leaders adapt to the realm of fog, friction, and chance.
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