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Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World By Bevin Alexander,

  • Title: Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World
  • Author: Bevin Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780393078138
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Imagine the impact on world history if Robert E Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line Or if Napol on, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he d never made before The advice that would have changed the outcome of these crucial battles is found in a book on stratImagine the impact on world history if Robert E Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line Or if Napol on, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he d never made before The advice that would have changed the outcome of these crucial battles is found in a book on strategy written centuries before Christ was born.Lee, Napol on, and Adolf Hitler never read Sun Tzu s The Art of War the book only became widely available in the West in the mid twentieth century But as Bevin Alexander shows, Sun Tzu s maxims often boil down to common sense, in a particularly pure and clear form The lessons of contemporary military practice, or their own experience, might have guided these commanders to success It is stunning to see, however, the degree to which the precepts laid down 2,400 years ago apply to warfare of the modern era.
    Sun Tzu at Gettysburg Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World Imagine the impact on world history if Robert E Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line

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    1. If you think Bobby Lee walks on water you re probably not going to like this book If you re a fan of Stonewall Jackson well you ll be happy.The author takes Sun Tzu s Art Of War and examines several battles wars including the 1862 spring campaigns in the Virginia theater of the American Civil War and Gettysburg in 1863 As the author points out Sun Tzu s military maxims were based on common sense It appears Robert Edward Lee the saint of the South lacked some common sense.A Confederate soldier wa [...]

    2. Bevin Alexander does a materful jog of applying the wisdom of Sun Tzu The Art Of War to significant battles campaigns Alexander demonstrates that the application or failure to apply common sense principles led to success or inevitable disasters in some of history s most important battles campaigns The only thing that kept this from being a five star book was the lack of good maps There were maps of each campaign, but they were frequently inadequate in helping the reader following the battles.

    3. Enjoyed the what if approached the author used to provide insight to Sun Tzu principles Most of what was reviewed has been repeated frequently by modern historians, but the comparing and contrasting the principles make the Art of War much easier to appreciate and cause wonder in any student of military history looking to utilize the maxims in modern society, whether in the courtroom or boardroom.

    4. His presentation was precise and the examples were good My problem with the book is that he continually compared the battle situations to Sun Tzu and how the leader failed to heed the maxims.In the battles presented the military leaders of the day had not heard of Sun Tzu and thus should not be measured against his works.

    5. Made me see many of the wars I have always taken for granted in a whole new light It should required reading for all military academies might end up saving lives.

    6. 1CSun Tzu at Gettysburg 1D by Bevin AlexanderIf you hate and or fear war, 1CSun Tzu at Gettysburg 1D by Bevin Alexander will not assuage your misgivings Alexander argues that while it is possible for a general to engage in battle in such a way that he preserves his army and his soldiers 19 lives as much as possible while however, destroying his enemy 19s soldiers unless his counterpart is wise enough to see that he must withdraw or surrender when the outcome of the battle becomes a foregone conc [...]

    7. The premise is fascinating What would or might have happened in major western battles if the generals had applied strategy according to the Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu In execution, the concept works a little less well Alexander tends to focus on a few select principles of Sun Tzu, to the point of repetition This is not to say that Sun Tzu s principles are not applicable, but the same ones may not be applicable in each battle Or, if the same principle is right for every battle, perhaps [...]

    8. In this book, Alexander evaluates how well several modern generals applied the principles of warfare as articulated by the 6th century B.C Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu As part of my military training, I had previously read Sun Tzu s Art of War and I found it very interesting to learn how Mr Alexander s applied these principles to 19th and 20th century warfare According to Alexander, some of our well known generals were masterful at Sun Tzu type tactics particularly Stonewall Jackson in the Shenan [...]

    9. Fascinating analysis of select moments in modern warfare from the perspective of Sun Tzu, who wrote the ancient Chinese text The Art of War in the 5th c B.C.E The author examines military situations from the American Revolution to the Korean War, and others in between, analyzing the decisions made by the commanders in these situations and explaining their success or failure by how closely they adhered to Sun Tzu s maxims Thus, Robt E Lee is deemed to have lost the battle of Gettysburg through hi [...]

    10. Very engrossing and highly detailed examination, applying Sun Tzu tenets of war for ten battles from the modern age Of course it is easy to see in retrospect, but some of it is shockingly bad, uncovering the major blunders from our military leaders The most shocking to me, also the most current one discussed, was the Korean war It hailed MacArthur s strategy of isolating the North Koreans on the Pusan peninsula as they tried to take South Korea, but the vilified him for stupidly massing towards [...]

    11. Different approach to modern warfare from the view of ancient military philosophy Critical of modern commanders like Lee and Eisenhower for their lack of common sense According to the author, based on Sun Tzu s advice, Gettysburg was a battle that should never have been fought, attack the strategy of the enemy Secure intelligent commanders is another Sun Tzu point that is charged against Lee and Eisenhower Interesting book is so many ways.

    12. Good book of arm chair quarterbacking about famous battles I read it out of order, and finished the least interesting chapters last The author rips up General Lee for his stupidity at Gettysburg, and again for Lee s lack of vision earlier in the 1862 campaign of Gen Jackson The author, Bevin Alexander, gives high praise and blame for the same person Gen Douglas McArthur Praise for his Sun Tzu like attack at Inchon, blame for his fool hardly attack against North Korea Recommended.

    13. I really enjoyed this book on military strategy It looks at some of the most famous battles in the last 200 and looks through the lens of the Art of War by Sun Tzu It really change my opinion of General Lee in particular and his blunder at Gettysburg Hitler is portrayed as downright awful as a military leader.

    14. The title is very deceptive Only 20 pages were devoted to Gettysburg and as a fan of the battle, I was very disappointed and felt cheated It was well written, it just wasn t what I expected it to be.

    15. Bevin Alexander once again demonstrates his ability to not only give factual information but also to get his point across and for people to understand the meaning.

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