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The Resource Strategy : a history, Lawrence Freedman

Strategy : a history, Lawrence Freedman

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Strategy : a history
Title
Strategy
Title remainder
a history
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Lawrence Freedman
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eng
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Former defense adviser to Tony Blair and professor of war studies at King's College, London, Freedman outlines past and present strategies of force and mind. His encyclopedic review begins with von Clausewitz's ideas on military power, and moves into futurist Kahn's contributions on deterrence in thermonuclear warfare. But this tour de force is not solely or even primarily about war; on bottom-up strategies he includes thinkers such as Marx, Lenin, Mao Zedong, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He also provides evenhanded, reliable analyses of little-read strategists Gramsci and Alinsky, and doesn't neglect propaganda and advertising genius Edward Bernays or corporate management strategic pioneers Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan. The book concludes with reflections on why strategy is limited by rational choice and chance. The author suggests that strategic thinking in military and business are very different. Unusually thoughtful and clearly written, Freedman's dense tome is a serious academic study in political theory, but it has crossover potential and will attract readers interested in military planning, strategic systems, and the nature of power. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 21, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 42, p)
  • Strategy, that term beloved of war and business, is far more than a mere plan. So observes Freedman (War Studies/King's Coll. London; A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East, 2008, etc.) in this comprehensive, vigorous survey of strategy and its evolution. Strategy is a byproduct of conflict, or at least of situations "where interests collide and forms of resolution are required." Beyond that, the definitions are many: It seems to be about developing a series of plans that balance ends and means with the resources available to attain those ends. Schools of thought have developed around strategy, with the Periclean supposedly concerned with accomplishing decisive victories, while the Sun Tzu method is to avoid direct confrontation whenever possible. However, Freedman valuably notes that there are plenty of instances in which Chinese strategists have gone full frontal while Greek strategists have employed ruses and deceptions, which introduces the notion of situationality. That is to say, the best strategy, in business or at war, would seem to be the one that most closely responds to actual situations on the ground and one that, as one of the strategists whom he studies remarks, may not even be clearly formulated ahead of time. In closing a text that takes in various bits of wisdom and experience from the likes of Napoleon, Mao, Bayard Rustin and Michel Foucault, Freedman also observes that strategic efforts to win some goal are just part of the task at hand--for, having won, there's now the necessity to govern or to bring goods to new markets or to retain battled-for rights, etc. A lucid text that raises questions while answering others--of great value to planners, whether of an advertising campaign or a military one.(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013)
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Freedman, Lawrence
Dewey number
320.6
Index
index present
LC call number
U162
LC item number
.F86 2013
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Strategy
  • Military history
  • Strategic culture
  • Strategic planning
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a history
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Strategy : a history, Lawrence Freedman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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text
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988953
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 751 pages
Isbn
9780199325153
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(hardback)
Lccn
2013011944
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780199325153
  • (OCoLC)840803630
Label
Strategy : a history, Lawrence Freedman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
988953
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 751 pages
Isbn
9780199325153
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013011944
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199325153
  • (OCoLC)840803630

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