On War

  • by Carl von Clausewitz
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Prussian soldier and writer, von Clausewitz is said to have distilled Napoleon into theory. Perhaps best known among his numerous pronouncements is that war is a continuation of politics by other means. His theories and observations included in this work have been heeded by military strategists for nearly 200 years. Most have considered this to be the "Bible" of military strategy and tactics. This abridged version of Clausewitz's magnum opus follows the text of the New and Revised Edition (edition by F.N. Maude in 1908) of Col. J.J. Graham's translation. Of the original three volumes, this version includes all of Volume I (except for the last chapter on night fighting) and six of the nine chapters of Book Eight of Volume III (The Plan of War). The editor's objective was to select those portions which most closely relate to our own time.

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What the Critics Say

"What makes On War so timely is that, unlike most military strategists and theoreticians, Clausewitz did not advocate war or recommend specific courses of action, but merely thought to describe war's character and dynamics." (Harper's Magazine)

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I listen in the car, and as much as I like this tome, the terrible audio makes me regret this purchase.
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- Keita

Warning: Do not buy.Botched recording.

What would have made On War better?

This is not audible. The recording is so bad the book is absolutely useless. It is way below normal Ausible standards. Don't buy it, even if it is the only recording of this book on Audible. Your money is lost.


Has On War turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but it has shaken my confindence in Audible quality standards and its attitude towards subscribers and costumers in general.


How could the performance have been better?

Audible could have admitted that the recording is hortible, removed it from the catalogue as suggested and reimbursed my credit. I feel ripped off.


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- Christian Schade

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2003
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.