Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best military history book I've read in a while...

I just finished reading Beatrice Heuser's The Evolution of Strategy: Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge, 2010), and it's the best military history I've read in a while.  The writing felt a bit clunky at times, and seriously, has Cambridge University Press forgotten how to copy-edit?, but the research and erudition in the book is truly tremendous.  I felt the sections on counterinsurgency and insurgency to the be especially superb, giving this very current pressing issue its due, without overstating its importance.  Air, naval, and nuclear strategy also were extremely well covered.

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