Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World (Hardcover)

Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World

By Bevin Alexander

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393078138, 286pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 2011



Lee, Napoleon, and Adolf Hitler never read Sun Tzu'sThe Art of War; the book only became widely available in the West in the mid-twentieth century. But as Bevin Alexander shows, Sun Tzu's maxims often boil down to common sense, in a particularly pure and clear form. The lessons of contemporary military practice, or their own experience, might have guided these commanders to success. It is stunning to see, however, the degree to which the precepts laid down 2,400 years ago apply to warfare of the modern era.