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    Posted: 10-Jan-2009 at 08:47
I have begun reading this book and it is taking my breath away. This is the sort of book you do not simply race through, but one where you must read a small section at a time and then pause at the end to meditate on exactly what he means.

The book is considered timeless, and one of the reasons why is due to the lack of practical examples the author omits. This, naturally, makes comprehension more challenging.

I am currently on Book 5 and so far it has been a great read, I loved his analysis of the psychology of a successful general and explanation of increasing brilliance and strength of character at different levels of command.

Has anyone else read this? Can anyone give any further opinion on his work?
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..i read 'On War'  a long time ago and would have to go back and dust of my old copy in order to refresh my memory, however, i do remember the book to be an absorbing and interesting read...
..if i may, i would suggest, if you get the chance, to follow up Clausewitz with a book by John Keegan called 'The History of Warfare'...Keegan offers up an engrossing history and analysis of conflict with reference to 'On War' and in doing so, examines the merits of Clausewitz's ideas....i found reading both books offered up a well-rounded and in-depth discussion and a balanced argument regarding the philosophy of warfare...despite there being some controversy concerning criticism of Clausewitz, the end result of dealing with the two books, in my opinion, is well worth the effort.....
..one example of the nature of this debate...
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