Allure of battle is winner of the 2017 gilder lehrman prize for military history this major book prize recognizes the best book on military history in the english speaking world distinguished by its scholarship its contribution to the literature and its appeal to both a general and an academic audience. The allure of battle a history of how wars have been won and lost cathal j nolan discusses the true impact of famous battles and places them in the context of military history. The core argument made in the book is that intellectuals and theorists have been preoccupied with clausewitzs idea of the decisive battle which would change the course of history and thus have been trapped in the allure of battle. Massive conflicts the so called peoples wars beginning with napoleon and continuing until the end of world war ii have been more fundamentally determined by prolonged stalemate and attrition wars in which the determining factor was not tactical but industrial. You can listen to the full audiobook allure of battle a history of how wars have been won and lost for free at audibaycom format unabridged
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