Friday, August 25, 2006

Clausewitz On War

I was out on Ebay trying to get an inexpensive copy of this. I think I'm going to end up with three! I wasn't paying attention. I'm at work and don't want to be. I am talking the girls and reading stuff and bidding, and oops. Oh well, if that happens, I'll be able to leave one in the car. That always helps me. I'm always getting stuck somewhere and I like to have stuff to read in the car. This way it will be something useful.

I hope it's easier to read than the Sun Tzu "The Art of War". All the ethnic names in that one aren't helping me. I'm not that far into it, so I shouldn't judge.......but..........pretty much "The better prepared general wins"........can we all say it together...........DUH!

Also, the example of beheading the King's concubines.........not cool.


John of Argghhh! said...

AFAIK, the best translation is the one by Peter Paret. Which is probably not the cheapest. I would guess the Penguin paperback version would be cheapest.

And since I doubt you are really intending to study it like a geek would, the Penguin edition would probably meet your need.

Regardless, it's Victorian era writing - dense and, well, not exciting.

Just warning you.

Anonymous said...


As long as you are going down that path, you might as well pick up the companion volume: Machiavelli's "The Prince". The two will give you a much more practical education than Sun Tzu ever will.

And when you are finished with both, find the 8-volume edition of Procopius' "History of the Byzantine Empire". It'll give you a close-at-hand look at how it all was put together....... From a court scribe who witnessed it first hand. And lived.



Snarkatron said...

Oman's "Art of War" is much more comprehensible and to me, comprehensive. I like it, anyway.

BostonMaggie said...

John and BCR thanks for the suggestions. I ended up with On War by Carl Von Clausewitz, Michael Howard (1989).

Gwedd? What are you trying to do to me? 8 volumes?