Why Don’t We Learn from History?
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Ryan Holiday (Founder/Brass Check)These are two very short books but will help you understand the topics more than thousands of pages on the same topic by countless other writers. In my view, Hart is unquestionably the best writer on military strategy and history. Better than von Clausewitz, that’s for sure (who for all the talk is basically useless unless you are planning on fighting Napoleon). His theories on the indirect approach is life changing, whether you’re struggling with a business or just office politics. I can’t say much more than read these books. It’s a must.
Shane Parrish (Founder/FarnamStreet)
The wisdom in this short book goes well beyond the few hours it takes to read. The author, B. H. Liddell Hart was a British Soldier and military historian. Two ideas that come out of this book are worth reinforcing. First, human nature changes slowly, if at all. What changes is the leverage we have to carry out that nature. Second, is that we study too narrowly and thus lose the context and significance of what we're working on.
Much has been written on the Theory of History by philosophers and historiologists, but nothing so concise and readable as Liddell Hart’s Why Don’t We Learn from History; the kind of title that makes one wonder and consider. And consider we certainly should in an era when so much bad history and propaganda is being put before us from unknown sources by unknown authors.
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