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Strategy Summary ↠ 104 Rmies or corporations or nations rarely move from one predictable state of affairs to another but instead feel their way through a series of states each one not uite what was anticipated reuiring a reappraisal of the original strategy including its ultimate objective Thus the picture of strategy that emerges in this book is one that is fluid and flexible governed by the starting point not the end pointA brilliant overview of the most prominent strategic theories in history from David's use of deception against Goliath to the modern use of game theory in economics this masterful volume sums up a lifetime of reflection on strategy. The book traces the origins of what might be called Strategy which the author defines as the art of creating power then explores the historical development of strategy in different domains and ends with musings on how the concept of strategy evolved to what it might actually be considered today Early on a distinction is made between the use of brute force exemplified by the mythological figure Hercules and the use of guile in achieving goals exemplified by Odysseus with of course Strategy tilting towards the latter This distinction is examined and developed through the study of three domains Military Political focusing on the underdog and Business However at points the author demonstrates how this distinction becomes blurred While claiming to be a history the author drives a couple of forceful arguments about Strategy mostly coloured by recent theories of emergent vs deliberate strategy models and recent findings on the limits of rational choice by behavioural economics These argument largely revolve around how Strategies are about the past and present than a future state and that it is better to think of strategy as a framework to survive in a constantly changing environment rather than one used to achieve a constant desired state in the future Have a strategy the author advises but don t expect too much from it While the book was tremendously enjoyable to read the issue I had is that it is an analysis of Strategy than an actual history There is a lot of skimming over material and historical periods especially in the business section which Freedman arguably is least familiar with Further one gets a sense that when an author is writing about a history of an idea as opposed to a place or a person etc he is much vulnerable to be selecting those instances figures elements that are in favour of his beliefs Freedman is least concerned about this vulnerability When you believe that strategies are emergent or deliberate or useless for that matter examining the annals of history will surely give you ample material to justify and prove any of these theories While the book has a sizeable amount of historical and current research to back up its claims I would need to examine other views of the subject to be fully convinced of its rather convincing arguments

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Strategy Summary ↠ 104 Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013In Strategy A History Sir Lawrence Freedman one of the world's leading authorities on war and international politics captures the vast history of strategic thinking in a consistently engaging and insightful account of how strategy came to pervade every aspect of our livesThe range of Freedman's narrative is extraordinary moving from the surprisingly advanced strategy practiced in primate groups to the opposing strategies of Achilles and Odysseus in The Iliad the strategic advice of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli the great military innovations of Baron Henri de Jomini and Carl von Clausewit. This is a wise and highly intelligent if very long attempt to come to grips with the slippery term strategy by a prominent British academic distilling at least two decades of thinking on the subjectAlthough a Professor of War Studies Freedman does not restrict himself to the conduct of war but reviews revolutionary and dissident stategy on the one hand and business strategy on the otherHe is highly critical of some of the nonsense he is too kind to call it that from business gurus and I can only be pleased that I smelled the rat throughout the 1980s and 1990s and read few of themWhere he gets to is a sceptical view of what we can possibly know about our own futures or control them He outlines in the final section the role of narratives and scripts in giving us the illusion of controlThis is not a counsel of despair There is no fatalism in Freedman s approach but he does suggest that real life reuires a degree of detachment from scripts and narratives while making use of them as toolsEducated readers will probably not be surprised by the general thrust of the section on war where there is a sort of master in Clausewitz and the influence of Jomini but it will bring you up to dateAs we write a rather odd crisis between the West whatever that is and Russia after some egregious blundering by the European Union has allowed all sorts of absurd narratives free reinTrying to rein in historic stories about fascism and appeasement as well as recent tales of humanitarian intervention and self determination has been part of the problem for intelligent diplomatsThe Ukraine remains unresolved as we write but the undoubted strategic skills of Putin and Lavrov on the one hand and Obama and Kerry might be enhanced by having this text at their sidesThe second section on the strategic attempts to overturn elites and systems gives due weight to the role of Marxism but is perhaps too easily seduced into a highly US centred picture of political struggleThis provides us with one of the few strategic criticisms of the book the elephant in the room that Freedman assiduously dances around the StateMilitary strategy is the expression of the force of the State revolutionary strategies seek to overturn or capture the State and business strategies compete with the State but what of the StateThe State emergent out of warlordism and dynasticism or small trading communities is the thing that should interest us most because we are most stuck inside its narratives and scriptsPerhaps it was simply a matter of space the book is over 600 pages long but one senses sometimes that the broader academic community is always nervous of telling us the truth about what feeds itBut this may be unfair The book is mostly easy reading though the idiocies of academic social scientists often cause one to lose patience and the assessments are honest and fair to all partiesIndeed it is good to find a book that both gives due to the troubled struggle by educated revolutionaries to speak for the masses and to the games businessmen play to try to control what cannot be controlledA book which treats Rockefeller of Standard Oil and Karl Marx fairly let alone Tom Hayden has a lot going for it though maybe Freedman should throw up his hands at Sun Tzu as perpetual strategic clicheWill this book make you a better strategist Well it will do a service if it makes you sceptical about books that claim to offer that particular pot of goldStrategists are probably born rather than made but many of the skills can be learned or rather bad unstrategic narratives might be unlearned and scripts recognisedHis story of continuous failures to get it right becomes a bit cheerier when rationalist progressives begin to be challenged by the behaviourial economistsThough I remain unconvinced by this particular discipline and consider political science to be an utterly absurd concept cognitive psychology has helped us hereIncreasingly we are beginning to stop whining that we are not rational or rather autistic academics are and beginning to see our mentalities as extremely good survival machines for uncertaintyFreedman is persuasive that we have a sort of double action mind where intuition and art working in real time gets things right most of the time under most conditions his System 1 strategic thinkingHabit and narratives and scripts can get in our way in a crisis and the reasoning abilities of his System 2 thinking enable us analytically and critically correct our own biases and errorsHowever we can only do this in real time constantly adjusting to realities that are in themselves way beyond any form of reasonable long term analysis because of so many variables and unknownsPerhaps the thinking started with John Boyd s simple but productive concept of OODA observation orientation decision action but Freedman here develops a interesting model of struggleIn essence the only strategy is the intuitive positioning of oneself to win each battle as it comes within a general vision of where one wants to be and this is not a matter for mathematicians

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Strategy Summary ↠ 104 Z the grounding of revolutionary strategy in class struggles by Marx the insights into corporate strategy found in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan and the contributions of the leading social scientists working on strategy today The core issue at the heart of strategy the author notes is whether it is possible to manipulate and shape our environment rather than simply become the victim of forces beyond one's control Time and again Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment subject to chance events the efforts of opponents the missteps of friends provides strategy with its challenge and its drama A. I loved this book I will have to reread some day as there is a lot of wisdom At times the author s writing style made it hard to follow the thread of his arguments tendency for long sentences and listing However this i can overlook due to the amount of knowledge contained within the book Give yourself a good 35 hours to read this one though its long


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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman Dude This thing is EPIC Lawrence Freedman does not play He begins the book with an account of Chimpanzee warfare and pretty much runs the gauntlet of western and some eastern but not much theories philosophies methodologies etc of strategy I honestly didn't know what to expect when I began the book I assumed it would be al

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    Free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ñ Lawrence Freedman (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman Lawrence Freedman ñ 4 Read This is a wise and highly intelligent if very long attempt to come to grips with the slippery term 'strategy' by a prominent British academic distilling at least two decades of thinking on the subjectAlthough a Professor of War Studies Freedman does not restrict himself to the conduct of war but reviews revolutionary and dissident stategy on the one hand and business strategy on the otherHe is highly critical of some o

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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman A block buster history of strategy covering almost every conceivable aspect of the subject in great detail military political business and personal And written by a deep expert in the field who has the most incredible insights into the possibilities and limitations of strategic thought Covers the main thinkers in this field and the applicat

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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman I loved this book I will have to reread some day as there is a lot of wisdom At times the author's writing style made it

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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman Lawrence has created a truly monstrous thing which is a book as much as a saddled velociraptor is a racehorse This should be taken as criticism only if you're not supremely enthused by the prospect of drowning yourself in a millennia spanning history of strategic thinking Be warned venture into the den of this beast without a strategy and it might consume you instead But if you're deeply interested in strategy and building models of and f

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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman Free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ñ Lawrence Freedman What a long read on strategy full of historical accounts and thier analyses in military politics economics and business I was amazed by the breath presented by the author and feel like if these themes were expanded further exploited deeper i would not touch this except in holidays The book gave a better grasp on the backdrop and implication of Machiavelli's The Price Clausewitz's On War and Sun Tzu's Art of War I might have had co

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    Free read ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ñ Lawrence Freedman (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman Lawrence Freedman ñ 4 Read The human brain uses 20% of our bodies energy yet only takes up 2% of our weight Think of strategy as Homer’s “bie” vs “metis” or strength vs smarts or courage vs imagination or direct vs indirect warfare Those holding power weaponry favor “bie” while the colonized oppressed favor “metis” Sun Tzu said all war is based on deception – lying to one’s soldiers to boost their morale is common lying to y

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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman The book traces the origins of what might be called Strategy which the author defines as the “art of creating power” then explores the historical development of strategy in different domains and ends with musings on how the concept of strategy evolved to what it might actually be considered today Early on a distinction is made between the use of brute force exemplified by the mythological figure Hercules and the use

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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman Lawrence Freedman ñ 4 Read Read & Download Strategy This is a re read from when it first came out but at 700 pages or 32 hours for the audio version i'm claiming itStrategy A History was an instant classic on release in 2013 It features on the reading lists of ju

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    (PDF READ) [Strategy] » Lawrence Freedman I've read a lot about military strategy in the last few years even previous works by Freedman which touch on the subject albeit less comprehensively than Strategy A History For that reason there were few ideas in his tracing the development of strategic thought in military operations I was unfamiliar with Not to say I di

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  • Hardcover
  • 751
  • Strategy
  • Lawrence Freedman
  • English
  • 13 August 2019
  • 9780199325153