On Grand Strategy

Author(s): John Lewis Gaddis

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"The best education in grand strategy available in a single volume . . . a book that should be read by every American leader or would-be leader."--The Wall Street Journal


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.


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John Lewis Gaddis is an internationally renowned historian of the Cold War and has been called 'the dean of Cold War historians' by The New York Times. He is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947, Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security Policy, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History, The Landscape of History and Surprise, Security and the American Experience. George F. Kennan, An American Life won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. He is a 2005 winner of the US National Humanities Medal and lives in New Haven.

General Fields

  • : 9780241333129
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Allen Lane
  • : April 2018
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Lewis Gaddis
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 303.34
  • : 384