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On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

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ISBN-10: 0465097804

ISBN-13: 9780465097807

Edition: 2016

Authors: Norman F. Dixon

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The Crimea, the Boer War, the Somme, Tobruk, Pearl Harbor, the Bay of Pigs: these are just some of the milestones in a century and a half of military incompetence, of costly mishaps and tragic blunders. Are these simple accidents--as the "bloody fool” theory has it--or are they inevitable?The psychologist Norman Dixon argues that there is a pattern to inept generalship, a pattern he locates within the very act of creating armies in the first place, which in his view produces a levelling down of human capability that encourages the mediocre and limits the gifted. A classic study of military leadership, On the Psychology of Military Incompetence is both an original exploration of infamous…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2016
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/31/2016
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.37" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English