Carl von Clausewitz – On War


A Prussian soldier and writer, von Clausewitz is said to have distilled Napoleon into theory. Perhaps best known among his numerous pronouncements is that war is a continuation of politics by other means. His theories and observations included in this work have been heeded by military strategists for nearly 200 years. Most have considered this to be the “Bible” of military strategy and tactics.

This abridged version of Clausewitz’s magnum opus follows the text of the New and Revised Edition (edition by F.N. Maude in 1908) of Col. J.J. Graham’s translation. Of the original three volumes, this version includes all of Volume I (except for the last chapter on night fighting) and six of the nine chapters of Book Eight of Volume III (The Plan of War). The editor’s objective was to select those portions which most closely relate to our own time.

Author: Carl von Clausewitz
Narrator: Nadia May
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
Released: 3 May 2002
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

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The subject matter is obviously incredible, however I find the narrater rushes through the text a bit too much. Understanding the complex ideas Clausewitz is trying to articulate takes time for digestion. Speeding through the process makes it more difficult to have one complete thought or maxim understood. Instead, disjointed segments of ideas are scrambled in the readers brain requiring them to re-read some of the passages. Overall the book is great but the tempo could be scaled back a little.