• The Soldier and the State

  • The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations
  • By: Samuel P. Huntington
  • Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this classic work, Huntington challenges old assumptions and ideas on the role of the military in society. Stressing the value of the military outlook for American national policy, Huntington has performed the distinctive task of developing a general theory of civil-military relations and subjecting it to rigorous historical analysis.

©1957; 1985 The President and Fellows of Harvard College; Samuel P. Huntington (P)2018 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: History

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Mandatory reading, robotic narration

this book should be mandatory reading for soldiers and civilians. but the narrator was impressively robotic. I

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Hard to listen to

The content was interesting for the most part. I disagree with some of the opinions the author has but appreciated the history of the military offered. What really bothered me was the narrator. I found it hard to listen to his voice.

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Soldier and State? more like Officer and State

I loved it. It makes a lot of sense out of the american military. American emergent supremacy is in practice the defeat of the next Alexander or the the next Rommel. Military doesnt, shouldnt rely on the charisma of one man or a group of men, but profesionalism of the whole military body. Military virtues can be taught, military talent cannot.

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Mandatory Reading for All

This book provided more than just a story for me. It provided context for me and other military professionals as we try to understand, going into uncertain times, why things are the way they are and why the military relates to the government and the people the way it does. Well worth the time invested.

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Informative.

If you want to understand the history of civil military relations, read this book. If you want to understand civil military relations in the US, read this book. If you are an aspiring junior officer who wants to understand their role in the bigger picture, read this book. If you are a junior NCO who also wants to understand their role in the bigger picture, read this book.

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