Grand Illusions

Makers of Modern Strategy: from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age

edited by Peter Paret, with the collaboration of Gordon A. Craig and Felix Gilbert
The title Makers of Modern Strategy, wished upon its editors by the long, worldwide, and deserved success of the original edition of 1943, is, of course, a misnomer. Strategy is made by men of war, often without benefit of book learning. Strategic theory, which is what this work is about, …

The Awful Fate of Frederick the Great

The Military Life of Frederick the Great

by Christopher Duffy
Fashions in greatness come and go. Frederick the Great is not a man for our times. Peter the Great, yes, because, like it or not, the Russia that dominates half of our world is a state of his making. Louis le Grand—Louis XIV—also, because the cultural splendor achieved by France …


Too Secret Too Long

by Chapman Pincher
“Too long,” certainly; page after page after page, many laboring the same point—or allegation—and none relieved by fine writing. “Too secret”? Is it a secret that two British diplomats, Burgess and Maclean, defected to the Russians in 1951? That they had long served as KGB agents? That they had a …

Uncle Harry’s Socks

A Personal History

by A.J.P Taylor
“Any friend or acquaintance who turns to the index,” writes A.J.P. Taylor in the preface to his autobiography, “and does not find his name there can console himself that he was originally the subject of a passage which the lawyer condemned” (for libel, that is). He admits to seventy-six excisions, …

Storm in a Teacup

From Agadir to Armageddon: Anatomy of a Crisis

by Geoffrey Barraclough

The Conquest of Morocco

by Douglas Porch
Armageddon is generally supposed to be the first recorded battle of history, fought between Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, and some of his rebellious subjects near the site of modern Haifa in 1469 BC. By analogy, and thanks to the Apocalypse of St. John, it has come to stand also …

Command Performances

The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since AD 1000

by William H. McNeill
Professor William McNeill, of the University of Chicago, is a prodigy among living historians. Two world histories crown his achievements, one so called and the other bearing a title that implies a confidence in our civilization rare among intellectuals today. The same confidence sustains him in his treatment of smaller …