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"One of the most thought-provoking and profound books that I have recently read. As readable as it is stimulating." —Henry Kissinger
In Warrior Politics, Kaplan mines the best of the lessons from past figures that include Sun-Tzu, Thucydides, Machiavelli, and Churchill for modern-day world leaders confronted with the complex challenges of today's world. Replete with maimus, advice, warnings, examples from history and shrewd recommendations, Warrior Politics offers an invaluable template for any decisionmaker, in foreign policy as well as business, faced with high stakes and inadequate knowledge of a mine-filled terrain.
"I read Warrior Politics with fascination. Kaplan makes a persuasive case that the insights of ancient philosophers—from Sun-Tzu to Machiavelli—are relevant to modern security problems. This book will be read by scholars, but it should also be read by those responsible today for making the decisions that affect our national security." —William J. Perry, former secretary of defense
"Robert Kaplan skillfully captures the relevance of classical political theory for today’s leaders, whether they manage crises in the boardroom or the Oval Office." —William S. Cohen, former secretary of defense
"This is an extraordinary book, one to be read by anyone interested in surviving in the twenty-first century. But it is not a book for bedtime reading . . . at least not if you like sleeping. Always provocative, Kaplan takes, head-on, lessons of conflict over the centuries, which continue to be true because humans continue to be human." —Norman R. Augustine, CEO of Lockheed Martin
"A profound and timely meditation on twenty-first-century global politics and America’s place in it. Deeply versed in classical scholarship, Robert Kaplan shows how the philosophers and historians of ancient Greece and Rome offer vital lessons for American leaders today." —John Gray, professor of European thought, London School of Economics
"An intellectual tour de force expressing the enduring relevance of ancient principles of statecraft to modern circumstances in the most lucid and persuasive prose I’ve ever read." —Robert McFarlane, former national security adviser