"Peter Paret is one of the very few scholars capable of addressing what he calls the cognitive challenge of war--the sad fact that those who wage war are often surprised by its unintended consequences and baffled by its dynamic range. This graceful and nuanced book should stand as a classic study of this problem."--John Shy, professor emeritus of history, University of Michigan"This is a wonderful book--cogently and concisely argued, elegantly written, and displaying a vast depth of knowledge. It is a sustained, mature, and authoritative reflection on a subject that Peter Paret knows intimately, and it will delight a wide range of readers. While there is a great deal of talk nowadays about 'new cultural approaches' to military history, this book is the real thing; it should be viewed as a major event."--Robert Citino, author ofThe German Way of War: From the Thirty Years' War to the Third ReichPraise for Peter Paret's previous Princeton book,Clausewitz and the State: "The best biography of Clausewitz in any language."--Hew
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Princeton University Press
September 28, 2009
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