- ISBN/SKU: 9781591149842
- Binding: Paperback - Textbook
- Number of Pages: 208
- Subject: Military Strategy
- Date Available: March 2014
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“What I have tried to do in this short book is to indicate why I think our existing methods of thinking about strategy are superficial and inadequate, to set forth in bare outline the existing theories of strategy and their limitations, and then to speculate on a general theory of strategy that could provide the basis for more orderly and productive strategic thought than has generally prevailed in the past.”
— From the preface by J. C. Wylie
Because of his long experience with the formulation of military strategy in the United States, Admiral Wylie’s analyses and opinions are well worth the attention of military professionals, government leaders, newspaper editors, commentators and scholars. Because he has a freewheeling mind and is unhampered by orthodox military terms and the prevailing dogmas, his book will be of keen interest to laymen concerned about our nation’s welfare and future.
~ Praise for Military Strategy ~
“No military service can long remain effective without searching self-criticism and continuous re-examination of its own ideas. Wylie, well known in the Navy, is a refreshingly and outspoken individual, thoroughly at home on the bridge of a ship, but equally at home in the semantics of dialectical discussion. He has produced a simple but relevant little work in an attempt to promote order in the discussion of strategy. . . . To the traditional theories of strategy?the maritime theory, the air theory, the continental theory?Wylie adds the ‘Mao theory’ of wars of national liberation. . . . [This book is] easier to read and understand and basically sounder than the great majority of the involved and tortuous rationalizations of the academic strategists.”
— The New York Times Book Review
Rear Admiral Joseph Caldwell Wylie, Jr., USN was born March 3, 1911 and died on January 29, 1993 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.