Apr 10

AndrewWilsonMasters of War: History’s Greatest Strategic Thinkers, taught by Andrew Wilson, The Teaching Company ★★★★

The Art of War, Andrew Wilson, The Teaching Company ★★★

These are two series on war strategy taught by Andrew Wilson. The first series provides a chronological account of the most influential thinkers on war strategy, including Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Machiavelli, Napoleon, Jomini, Mahan, Corbett, and others. Wilson first defines what he means by strategy, and compares that to the often confused  tactics. He allows one to see how thinking about war, including when to conduct a war, the expected outcomes of the war and what one expects to accomplish by war, when it is best to not engage in war, how to pick your enemies, how to play your friends, etc. all have evolved, and involve the greater spectrum of what we view as war strategy.

The Art of War is a more thorough summary of Sun Tzu’s Art of War. This additional six lectures to the above 24 lectures, including 2 on Sun Tzu, include little in addition of great value except to the most curious.

 

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One Response to “War with Andrew Wilson”

  1. Onkel Dennis says:

    “Ain’t gonna study war no more … ”

    The value in this might be to better understand the wicked and how they work their mischief on the world. Sun Tzu is classic and really heads the list. It might even be useful in extrapolating when WW III might really start heating up.

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