Military Theory and Strategy
The Art of War
Paperback ISBN: 1593080174
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. “A clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” So wrote Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago. Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom, and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions. Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is brought up to date with relevant quotations from Western writers and thinkers. This new edition offers Sun Tzu’s timeless classic, both with and without annotation, making it more accessible to aspiring leaders and military strategists than ever before. Dallas Galvin, a writer and journalist specializing in international affairs and the arts, has reported on military affairs in Latin America and Asia and produced documentaries for the NATO Alliance.
Afghanistan And the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare
Hardcover ISBN: 159114745x
Rothstein (defense analysis, US Naval Postgraduate School) analyzes the lessons of the US war in Afghanistan, suggesting that success in overthrowing the Taliban should not obscure the organizational and operational inability of US Special Operations Forces to conduct unconventional warfare against the irregular forces of al-Qaeda. Setting his study within the framework of organizational and contingency theory, he argues that Defense Department structures are ill suited for the organizational innovation required by unconventional warfare. He recommends the creation of a separate unconventional warfare service with a regional and cultural focus that emphasizes language, network analysis, intelligence collection, basic civics, international relations, interagency familiarization, and negotiating skills, in addition to other organizational and cultural changes. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Paperback ISBN: 1439181772
In 1979 a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known accepted military practice -- and indeed, the laws of physics -- they believed that a soldier could adopt a cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror. With firsthand access to the leading players in the story, Ronson traces the evolution of these bizarre activities over the past three decades and shows how they are alive today within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in postwar Iraq. Why are they blasting Iraqi prisoners of war with the theme tune to Barney the Purple Dinosaur? Why have 100 debleated goats been secretly placed inside the Special Forces Command Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina? How was the U.S. military associated with the mysterious mass suicide of a strange cult from San Diego? The Men Who Stare at Goats answers these and many more questions.
The Haunted Wood
Soviet Espionage in America-The Stalin Era
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0679457240
A history of Soviet espionage in the United States draws on previously unavailable information from the KGB archives to discuss Soviet operations in America during the 1930s, World War II, and its aftermath, profiling noted spies and their work. 25,000 first printing. Tour.
Paperback ISBN: 0452010713
"The most important book by one of the outstanding military authorities of our time." ? Library Journal This is the classic book on war as we know it. During his long life, Basil H. Liddell Hart was considered one of the world's foremost military thinkers--a man generally regarded as the "Clausewitz of the 20th century." Strategy is a seminal work of military history and theory, a perfect companion to Sun-tzu’s The Art of War and Carl von Clauswitz’s On War. Liddell Hart stressed movement, flexibility, and surprise. He saw that in most military campaigns dislocation of the enemy's psychological and physical balance is prelude to victory. This dislocation results from a strategic indirect approach. Reflect for a moment on the results of direct confrontation (trench war in WW I) versus indirect dislocation (Blitzkreig in WW II). Liddell Hart is also tonic for business and political planning: just change the vocabulary and his concepts fit.
The Art of War
Paperback ISBN: 0143037528
The perfect books for the true book lover, PenguinÂ's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of historyÂ's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmakerÂ's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.
The Art of War
A New Translation
Hardcover ISBN: 0785829229
Featuring the Chinese text on the left and the English translation on the right, this is a beautifully bound book that would make a unique gift or collector's item. Written in the 6th century BC, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is still used as a book of military strategy today. Napoleon, Mae Zedong, General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Douglas MacArthur all claimed to have drawn inspiration from it. And beyond the world of war, business and management gurus have also applied Sun Tzu’s ideas to office politics and corporate strategy. Using a new translation by James Trapp and including editorial notes, this edition of The Art of War is printed on high quality paper and bound by traditional Chinese book-making techniques, and has been nominated for two prizes in the British Book Design & Production Awards 2011. It contains the full 13 chapters on such topics as laying plans, attacking by stratagem, weaponry, terrain and the use of spies. Sun Tzu addresses different campaign situations, marching, energy and how to exploit your enemy’s weaknesses.
Black Hawk Down
A Story of Modern War
Paperback ISBN: 0451205146
A searing portrayal of modern warfare recounts a 1993 firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that resulted in the deaths of eighteen Americans and more than five hundred Somalis, examining the rationales behind the disastrous raid. Reprint. (A Columbia Pictures film, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Josh Hartnett, Sam Shepard, Jeremy Piven, Eric Bana, and Brendan Sexton, III) (Military History)