On War (Volume 1)


Read by Timothy Ferguson

(4.7 stars; 42 reviews)

A classic work on military strategy by a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars. The author's style is dialectical: he makes two strong but opposing statements and then draws them together to describe many facets of war. Free of technical jargon, and suitable for modern readers. This audiobook is based on a 1909 English translation.

In section 2, the reader Timothy Ferguson was assisted by Linda Ferguson. (10 hr 52 min)

Chapters

01 - Introduction 17:17 Read by Timothy Ferguson
02 - Preface to the First Editon 11:29 Read by Timothy Ferguson
03 - Notice 9:12 Read by Timothy Ferguson
04 - The Introduction of the Author 4:32 Read by Timothy Ferguson
05 - Brief Memoir of General Clausewitz 9:46 Read by Timothy Ferguson
06 - Book 1 Chapter 1 : What is War? 53:16 Read by Timothy Ferguson
07 - Book 1 Chapter 2 : End and Means in War 39:03 Read by Timothy Ferguson
08 - Book 1 Chapter 3 : The Genius for War 47:30 Read by Timothy Ferguson
09 - Book 1 Chapters 4 - 8 24:40 Read by Timothy Ferguson
10 - Book 2 Chapter 1 : Branches of the Art of War 21:18 Read by Timothy Ferguson
11 - Book 2 Chapter 2 : On the Theory of War 44:39 Read by Timothy Ferguson
12 - Book 2 : Chapters 3 and 4 20:22 Read by Timothy Ferguson
13 - Book 2 Chapter 5 : Criticism 47:04 Read by Timothy Ferguson
14 - Book 2 Chapter 6 : On Examples 16:19 Read by Timothy Ferguson
15 - Book 3 : Chapters 1 - 5 38:26 Read by Timothy Ferguson
16 - Book 3 : Chapters 6 - 10 40:08 Read by Timothy Ferguson
17 - Book 3 : Chapters 11 -15 33:16 Read by Timothy Ferguson
18 - Book 3 : Chapters 16 - 18 20:48 Read by Timothy Ferguson
19 - Book 4 : Chapters 1 - 6 43:46 Read by Timothy Ferguson
20 - Book 4 : Chapters : 7 - 10 51:46 Read by Timothy Ferguson
21 - Book 4: Chapters 11 - 12 40:59 Read by Timothy Ferguson
22 - Book 4: Chapters 13 - 14 16:42 Read by Timothy Ferguson

Reviews

A note from the reader:


(0 stars)

This is only volume 1 of the three volumes of this work. Volumes two and three (in a single recording) are here: https://archive.org/details/on_war_vol2and3_1403_librivox

19th C Classic On War, very well read


(5 stars)

The reader has read the entire work (this volume and the 2 others) in a marathon effort of 33 hours reading. He's to be complimented and thanked for it as it's very clearly and articulately read. The work itself aspires to theorize systematically about the subject of war as known in the mid 19th century, referring to previous generals and conquerors, particularly Napoleon and Frederick the Great. It's still an influential work; but this may be for the worse as in its ideas about the efficacy of war for achieving one way security and positive and profitable outcomes one can see a root of 20th C war-mongery. It's very interesting for revealing the phlegmatic approach as if it is a technical operation. It's very long and becomes less systematic and rambling as it goes on but a lot of thought has gone into it. It has the flaw of not engaging the sort of moral and social dynamics that prefigure and make it possible to establish states and raise armies in the first place. I found it very interesting and very imbalanced; overworked with technicalities and deficient in moral evaluation of drives and sources of enduring success or failure in and from war.

Great Reader


(5 stars)

The reader does a great job of making the book understandable

A Brilliant book!


(5 stars)

Timothy has brought this book to life! I'd definitely recommend it!


(5 stars)

an excellent piece of military literature which is quite well read here

on war


(5 stars)

Excellent narration, really a labor of love

Great narration


(5 stars)

A classic work with professionaal-grade reading.

good


(5 stars)

Excellent but dated around Napoleonic era