Combining the drama of combat with the analysis of strategy, tactics, and logistics, the author illustrates how wars have been fought since the Persians and Greeks crossed swords at Marathon nearly 2,500 years ago. Black and white illus.
Concentrating on land warfare, distinguished U.S. military historian Jones argues that most military events can be explained by military factors. The framework of his analysis is strategy, which Jones sees as remaining consistent for 2500 years. When applied, however, strategy becomes dependent on tactics and logistics. These in turn are constantly modified by technology. The result is an ever-changing dialectic of options that continues to make war a viable political option even in the nuclear age. Both history on a grand scale and a provocative intellectual exercise, this ranks with Theodore Ropp's classic War in the Modern World (1959). Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs