In this captivating book, Geoffrey Parker investigates the strengths and weaknesses of Philip's strategic vision, the priorities that underlay his policies, the practices and prjudices that influenced his decision-making, and the external factors that affected the achievement of his goals. In so doing, Parker provides a fascinating commentary on the nature of empires and the decision-making process as practiced by great powers.
Mr Parker's translations of King Philip's letters are excellent, helping us to understand the monarch's state of mind. . . The Grand Strategy of Philip II is of high quality. -- The Wall Street Journal