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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

Interesting, but fails to offer real lessons.

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Reviewed: 07-04-18

Use your time strategically and listen to something else. It’s not particularly well written and the author doesn’t bother to actually draw out strategic lessons. Instead, he gives a series of historical vignettes — Greeks, Elizabeth, Lincoln, others — that are interesting but not necessarily valuable without further exploration. I can imagine how this might work in the context of a class at Yale, as a starting point for discussion with a professor and classmates, but it makes for a mostly useless audiobook.

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