A master class in strategic thinking, distilled from the legendary program the author has co-taught at Yale for decades
For almost two decades, Yale students have competed for admission each year to the "Studies in Grand Strategy" seminar taught by John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Kennedy, and Charles Hill. Its purpose has been to prepare future leaders for responsibilities they will face, through lessons drawn from history and the classics. Now Gaddis has distilled that teaching into a succinct, sharp and potentially transformational book, surveying statecraft from the ancient Greeks to Franklin D. Roosevelt and beyond. An unforgettable guide to the art of leadership, On Grand Strategy is, in every way, its own master class.
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First book I’ve read in years and it was both tremendously insightful and surprisingly easy to read. Sometimes the author’s love for history seems to bring him down tangents not relevant to the themes of the book, but perhaps I’m just not able to extrapolate the relevant meaning. Regardless, this is a book any American should read to understand their own history, and a book any ambitious person should read to understand their own strategies.