This unique and penetrating book surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War, through the Boer conflict, to the disasterous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second. It examines the social psychology of military organizations, provides case studies of individual commanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster.
Absorbing and original, this is the definitive history of military failures.
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 33 mm
An absorbing, perceptive and often very funny study in human frailty... Stimulating and almost invariably provocative -- Lord Chalfont * Listener *
An original, scientifically impressive and fascinating book... This is a minor classic * Tablet *
It should be compulsory reading wherever future officers are selected or trained, and deserves a very wide readership among psychologists and laymen -- John Nicholson * New Society *
Classic book * New York Times *
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