Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos

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Random House, 2002 - Business & Economics - 198 pages
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“The side that knows when to fight and when not will take the victory. There are roadways not to be traveled, armies not to be attacked, walled cities not to be assaulted.” —Sun-Tzu


We live in dangerous times, when a new kind of leadership is required. Visionary and ruthlessly strategic, Warrior Politics extracts the best of the wisdom of the ages for modern leaders who are faced with the complex life-and-death challenges of today's world—and determined to win.
Sun-Tzu urges leaders to “plan and calculate like a hungry man.” Machiavelli defines a policy not by its excellence but by its outcome. Churchill derives his greatness from his imagination of history. Livy shows that the vigor to face down adversaries must ultimately come from pride in our own past achievements. “Never mind if they call your caution timidity, your wisdom sloth, your generosity weakness,” he writes. “It is better that a wise enemy should fear you than that foolish friends should praise.” “Men often oppose a thing merely because they have no agency in planning it,” Alexander Hamilton says, “or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.”
Replete with maxims, warnings, examples from history, and shrewd recommendations, Warrior Politics wrests from the past the lessons we need to arm ourselves for the present. It offers an invaluable template for any decision-maker—in foreign policy or in business—faced with high stakes and inadequate knowledge of a mine-filled terrain. As we gear ourselves up for a new kind of war, no book is more prescient, more shrewd, or more essential.

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Kaplan believes U.S. foreign policy should take its cue from non-Judeo-Christian philosophy, concentrating on what's best for the group rather then the individual. I'm not sure I buy his argument ... Read full review

WARRIOR POLITICS: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos

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Just in time for the post-World Trade Center era, a hardheaded, eerily prescient view of American geopolitics in a dangerous century.Journalist Kaplan (Eastward to Tartary, 2000, etc.) is ... Read full review

Contents

THERE IS NO MODERN WORLD
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CHURCHILLS RIVER WAR I
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LIVYS PUNIC WAR
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Robert D. Kaplan is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and the bestselling author of seven previous books on travel and foreign affairs, translated into many languages, including Balkan Ghosts, The Arabists, The Ends of the Earth, and The Coming Anarchy. He is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He lives with his wife and son in western Massachusetts.

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