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  • On Grand Strategy

  • By: John Lewis Gaddis
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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For over 20 years, a select group of Yale undergraduates has been admitted into the year-long "Grand Strategy" seminar team-taught by John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy. Its purpose: to provide a grounding in strategic decision-making in the face of crisis to prepare future American leaders for important work. Now, John Lewis Gaddis has transposed the experience of that course into a wonderfully succinct, lucid and inspirational book, a view from the commanding heights of statesmanship across the landscape of world history from the ancient Greeks to Lincoln, and beyond.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but fails to offer real lessons.

  • By Zack on 07-04-18

Great lesson on strategies that changed the world

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Reviewed: 06-28-18

As a former masters student within the field of geopolitics, this book was 1) a great refresher of the grand strategies that pass between time and 2) a great history from the mindset of the actions taken by those famous figures in history.

The book drives you to consider what type of person you are, a fox or a hedgehog while giving examples between the two differing approaches to historical scenarios.

All in all, this book is probably most relevant today as you can apply your knowledge found within Gaddis’s book to the real world problems arising in the world today.

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