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A master class in strategic thinking, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decades.

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. A thrilling experience for history lovers and a necessary one for anyone serious about the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is the very definition of a master class.

©2018 John Lewis Gaddis (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Jimmy
  • Powell, OH, United States
  • 04-03-18

Master Class in Strategic Thinking

Using examples from across history, Gaddis eloquently outlines key insights into effective strategic planning.

The text and style are engrossing and will be well received by all, whether you are managing a global enterprise or a homemaker.

I will listen to this book many more times. Gaddis prepared a world class consolidation of humanities attempts to effectively plan for specific outcomes.

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Promising start

In the beginning it was good, then it turned into a series of lectures without a clear definition of what grand strategy is and what it entails. Last five minutes were good too.

It needs a better structure.

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Two Pounds of Ideas in a 12 Pound Bag

A handful of good ideas and the occasional clever phrase does not justify the hours of rambling.

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you will love it if you are a fox

I will highly recommend this book IF you love long arguments that connect the dots at the end, not good if what you want is a direct and straight explanation.

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Has some good insights, but low insight density.

Too much story telling, joking around, and getting confused about what the word "contradiction" means.

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Repairs if not reinvents a long-damaged wheel

Pulls some of the greatest examples of western strategy into a single (yet complex) evolutionary frame.

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Author Displays An Ignorance Of The Crimean War

Although the author provides many interesting comparisons of grand strategies throughout history, he makes the astounding claim that Europe enjoyed a "century of peace" from 1815 to 1914. This claim is belied by the Crimean War, which was fought by several European powers in the 1850's. It is shocking that such a respected history scholar would make such an error. It materially diminishes the weight of other arguments made in this book.

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