On Grand Strategy

On Grand Strategy

A master class in strategic thinking, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decades

John Lewis Gaddis, the distinguished historian of the Cold War, has for almost two decades co-taught grand strategy at Yale University with his colleagues Charles Hill and Paul Kennedy. Now, in On Grand Strategy, Gaddis reflects on what he has learned. In chapters extending from the ancient world through World War II, Gaddis assesses grand strategic theory and practice in Herodotus, Thucydides, Sun Tzu, Octavian/Augustus, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Elizabeth I, Philip II, the American Founding Fathers, Clausewitz, Tolstoy, Lincoln, Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Isaiah Berlin. On Grand Strategy applies the sharp insights and wit readers have come to expect from Gaddis to times, places, and people he's never written about before. For anyone interested in the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is, in every way, a master class.

Title:On Grand Strategy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781594203510
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  • ?Misericordia? ?????? ????

    Q: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” …Hedgehogs, Berlin explained, “relate everything to a single central vision” through which “all that they say and do h...

  • Scott Wozniak

    This book had a strong start and I got really excited about it. But then he started making theological claims--and doing it really, really poorly. He introduced St. Augustine as a strategy thinker--wh...

  • Marks54

    John Gaddis is a great scholar. His biography of Kennan is a fine book. His books on the history of the Cold War are excellent. I have former colleagues who still remember their undergraduate classes ...

  • Bill Kupersmith

    Awfully disappointed. If you missed out on an Ivy League education, don’t feel deprived. The book is basically a series of lectures to our future leaders. The examples of bad strategy are easy and o...

  • David Montgomery

    This book really disappointed me. I expected a discussion of, well, strategy. Instead, this was more of a self-help book with historical examples. Those historical examples were largely context-light,...

  • CHAD FOSTER

    John L. Gaddis uses these pages to reflect on what his decades of study have revealed to him regarding grand strategy. He brings together an extremely wide and varied treasure of historical sketches t...

  • Rowena Abdul Razak

    Feels like you’re following Gaddis’ thought process. Best takeaway point: common sense is like oxygen: the higher you go the thinner it becomes. ...

  • Andrew

    On Grand Strategy, by John Lewis Gaddis, is an interesting book examining Grand Strategy from the perspective of various case studies. The book examines US strategies during its Civil War, and its Col...

  • Peter

    John Lewis Gaddis's On Grand Strategy (2018) is a fascinating book, an erudite tour de force by an eminent historian on what it is to think successfully in an arena of human conflict, in this case, wa...

  • Michael Huang

    A number of not-so-closely-related lessons from history of leaders.* Oxford professor Isaiah Berlin once categorized writers into two groups: “the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one b...