A Scientific Way of War

  • by Ian Clarence Hope
  • Narrated by Kevin F Spalding
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Scientific Way of War analyzes how the doctrine of military science evolved from teaching specific Napoleonic applications to embracing subjects that were useful for war in North America. Drawing from a wide array of materials, Ian C. Hope refutes earlier charges of a lack of professionalization in the antebellum American army and an overreliance on the teachings of Swiss military theorist Antoine de Jomini. Instead, Hope shows that inculcation in West Point's American military curriculum eventually came to provide the army with an officer corps that shared a common doctrine and common skill in military problem solving. The proliferation of military science ensured that on the eve of the Civil War there existed a distinctly American, and scientific, way of war.


What the Critics Say

"This book is required reading for anyone who would understand generalship and high command in the American Civil War." (Richard J. Sommers, senior historian emeritus, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, U.S. Army War College)
"Truly original.... No other scholar has so successfully explained what Americans understood by the phrase 'military science' as taught-and modified over time-at West Point." (Peter Maslowski, author of Looking for a Hero: Joe Ronnie Hooper and the Vietnam War)
"A detailed, thoughtful, and provocative explanation of the evolution of the U.S. Army's understanding of military science and why this scientific view of war was so important in the nation's military history and to the conduct of the Civil War." (Brian McAllister Linn, author of The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War)


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A New Perspective on History

This was extremely eye opening. Looking at Antebellum American History through the lens of not just battles and generals, but the science and theory behind those battles. I had no idea that the enlightenment had such an effect on military thought. Extremely fascinating!
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- Elijah

The history of an amazing place!!

This book provided an insight to the creation, purpose, and evolution of the United States Military Academy, what an amazing story! The "performance" of Kevin Spalding, kept the book engaging and enjoyable. Not sure I could have read this entire book!
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- Kevin Roberts

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-04-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks