Naval War College Review

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The Essential Clausewitz


B.M Simpson III


Clausewitz' major work, On War, is long, involved, murky, and overpowering. Nevertheless, it is the most thorough and comprehensive book on the phenomenon of war in world literature. While there are many fine analytical histories that describe wars, their causes and their effects, no one has published another book that explains in a philosophical and analytical manner the phenomenon of war as a whole.