5つ星のうち5.0Has the maps missing from all other versions of this work
For some reason all other editions of de Jonimi’s work, both free to download and printed ones, seem to be missing the maps that are referred to in the text. This edition has the maps.
As an outline of strategy as observed by a close aide to Napoleon Bonaparte it’s pretty much essential reading for anyone with an interest in the military history of that era. Including things such as where to locate depots and how to pick a direction of march based upon making sure they can be accessed. It’s not an exciting work, but it is fascinating and far more use for understanding the practicalities of campaigning and strategy in the pre-modern era than the more popular Sun Tzu or Clauswitz. De Jomini was also one of the authors just about every West Point educated general of the American Civil War was familiar with and learned from.
Other than having his name stuck on it “Andy McNab” seems to have nothing to do with the book beyond his name being used for advertisint/publicity purposes. The text is the same as other editions.
The print is rather small, but readable and at this price buying it just for the maps makes sense.
5つ星のうち3.0An improvement on previous versions but the text in the figures is mostly illegible
In June 2013 I downloaded a different free version of this work (still on sale as “Précis de l'art de la guerre. English”) which proved to be fatally flawed as all 42 figures were missing. This version is essentially the same 1862 translation – plus a few minor additions – but improved by the inclusion of the figures. Unfortunately, no attempt has been made to adapt these for the Kindle: consequently they are all far too small and the text within them is hard to read on a PC screen and largely illegible on a Paperwhite (see for example figures 17 to 27 in Chapter VII). The table of contents has been simplified by removing the text describing the chapters and all references to the individual numbered Articles that make up the chapters; this makes it harder to locate specific parts of the book to which one may wish to refer.
This remains a very useful historical text and it is, of course, well worth the price. However, if you want a free and unflawed ebook edition the only solution I currently know of is to download the Project Gutenberg version and edit the resulting files until you have an acceptable result.
5つ星のうち5.0This author was ingenious, if you're an avid collector ...
This author was ingenious, if you're an avid collector of these art of war books. Contains historical events that capture the success and flaws of Napoleons leadership. Some parts take effort to crunch through.
5つ星のうち1.0No reason to sell this book. Usable only for fireplace!
They could not sell the original texts and they tried to reprint it using OCR technology? The books refers to maps and illustrations that are not there an the index is useless since the book has about 100+ pages less than the original!!
Discussion of this paperback version. The book is obviously a must-read for anyone interested in military or diplomatic history.
The difficulty with this edition is the absence of Jomini's maps. Without those maps/drawings/illustrations it is difficult to take away 100% of this classic. However, this version is better organised and certainly more readable to a modern individual than, e.g., the special edition. But since the special edition has Jomini's maps/illustrations it should be used in conjunction with this far more readable edition.
Bottom line: buy this edition along with one of the harder to read editions that has Jomini's maps/illustrations.
5つ星のうち2.0Great book in general, but not thsi edition
The Art of War should be considered a must read, regardless of your desire to ever fight in a war.
The lessons about leadership and accountability can be applied to anyone's daily life. Even the lessons about warfare, while told in a very literal sense about real war with real life and death stakes, can be applied to many situations in daily life that have less than lethal consequences.
But this edition is not well constructed for the Kindle. It just doesn't format properly to the device. And the added commentary breaks up the flow of the original text.
The excised material is informative, but Price's introduction isn't really worth reading. He says Jomini is unclear, and cites "according to legend" as proof, when I have found Jomini to be one of the clearest writers I have ever read. Like the philosopher Spinoza, when Jomini introduces a term he promptly defines it. The actual text is little more than a reprint of the 1862 West Point translation, but with some spelling errors introduced, and at least one misquote (p. 110, "wherever a titan can set hs foot; titan should be man). It is truly useful if you have a second book on Napoleonic battles, and good for any wargamers, and cheaper than the Greenhill Books edition.
Incredible! I wish this was required reading for young readers! Too many young adults have no clue of history and the way problems were solved, especially in war times! Their response to war is not to have any...not to engage. But circumstances happen where war is inevitable! To just lay down and take abuse is NOT an appropriate response...ever! This isn't about turning the other cheek.It's about winning a war so you can get on with life, with minimal strain on people! Awesome book!!
5つ星のうち5.0A classic that every military historian or war theorist should ...
A classic that every military historian or war theorist should read. Does not have all the answers, not even close< but it has insights that are still relevant today. Jomini will never replace Clausewitz but he is still worth reading.
5つ星のうち5.0Good for wargamers (and understanding war in general)
Bought this to replace the Greenhill hardback edition I bought way back in high school, and this one is actually better. It has the actual maps referred to in the book at the back, unlike the Greenhill, and still contains all the other material except the original dedication. Of course, this means it still has the error on page 102, referring to Fig. 3 on the opposite page, instead of map plate 2 in the back. (Fig. 3 refers to maxim 3, and 12, on lines of operations.) Jomini is probably one of the best writers of things military for his time, and is certainly far better to read, as he's trying to teach, not to preach. My war gaming got much better after reading and applying his teachings, and I cannot recommend this book enough.
5つ星のうち2.0Without these diagrams the paperback version is almost useless.
This paperback edition is a faithful reproduction of the most popular translation available for Jomini. The organization, structure, and content is consistent with that of the 1862 translation of Jomini's work. However, this paperback version commits a serious error in that it does not include any of the visual diagrams and figures which are critical in understanding Jomini's theories. Without these diagrams the paperback version is almost useless.