Strategy A History

ISBN-10: 0199325154

ISBN-13: 9780199325153

Edition: 2013

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In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics, captures the vast history of strategic thinking, in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our lives.The range of Freedman's narrative is extraordinary, moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups, to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad, the strategic advice of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli, the great military innovations of Baron Henri de Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz, the grounding of revolutionary strategy in class struggles by Marx, the insights into corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan, and the contributions of the leading social scientists working on strategy today. The core issue at the heart of strategy, the author notes, is whether it is possible to manipulate and shape our environment rather than simply become the victim of forces beyond one's control. Time and again, Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment-subject to chance events, the efforts of opponents, the missteps of friends-provides strategy with its challenge and its drama. Armies or corporations or nations rarely move from one predictable state of affairs to another, but instead feel their way through a series of states, each one not quite what was anticipated, requiring a reappraisal of the original strategy, including its ultimate objective. Thus the picture of strategy that emerges in this book is one that is fluid and flexible, governed by the starting point, not the end point.A brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history, from David's use of deception against Goliath, to the modern use of game theory in economics, this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/2/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 752
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 3.00" tall
Weight: 3.300
Language: English

Preface
Origins
Origins 1: Evolution
Origins 2: The Bible
Origins 3: The Greeks
Sun Tzu and Machiavelli
Satan's Strategy
Strategies of Force
The New Science of Strategy
Clausewitz
The False Science
Annihilation or Exhaustion
Brain and Brawn
The Indirect Approach
Nuclear Games
The Rationality of Irrationality
Guerrilla Warfare
Observation and Orientation
The Revolution in Military Affairs
The Myth of the Master Strategist
Strategy from Below
Marx and a Strategy for the Working Class
Herzen and Bakunin
Revisionists and Vanguards
Bureaucrats, Democrats, and Elites
Formulas, Myths, and Propaganda
The Power of Nonviolence
Existential Strategy
Black Power and White Anger
Frames, Paradigms, Discourses, and Narratives
Race, Religion, and Elections
Strategy from Above
The Rise of the Management Class
The Business of Business
Management Strategy
Business as War
The Rise of Economics
Red Queens and Blue Oceans
The Sociological Challenge
Deliberate or Emergent
Theories of Strategy
The Limits of Rational Choice
Beyond Rational Choice
Stories and Scripts
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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