Schwartz, Peter. The Art of the Long View. New York: Doubleday, 1996.
Scenario planning is essential for governments and businesses in the 21
century, a time when communication is almost instantaneous and the ability
to react rapidly to changing circumstances can be the key to survival.
Sloan, Julia. Learning to Think Strategically. Oxford: Elsevier, 2006. A
powerful volume that provides a brief history of strategic thought and
suggests ways to develop the critical attributes of strategic thinking. The
author’s classical/historical approach bring us into the strategic mainstream,
providing an essential didactic context, and then couples this historical
background with an explanation of how we actually learn about strategic
thinking, concluding with modern, practical techniques designed to improve
any person’s strategic thinking skill.
Spykman, Nicholas John. America’s Strategy in World Politics. New York:
Harcourt, Brace, 1942. This book, controversial and criticized when it
was published, called for a postwar American strategic security policy that
was based on cool calculation of national power afforded by geopolitical
considerations. A theorist in the realist tradition, Professor Spykman, a
professor of international politics at Yale University, was attacked as the
“American Haushofer” for this and the publication of his subsequent work,
The Geography of the Peace.
Stark, Rodney. God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades. New York:
HarperOne, 2009. A controversial history of the Crusades that focuses on
the military, technological, and cultural differences between the antagonists.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. New York: Penguin, 1954. Available
in several editions, this ancient classic still serves as the archetype for the
modern political theory of realism and, its proponents contend, evidence of
the unchanging character of human nature.
Tracy, Brian. Victory! Applying the Proven Principles of Military Strategy
to Achieve Greater Success in Your Business. New York: American
Management Association, 2007. The author is one of the most successful
self-help motivational leaders of the late 20
century, and his entry into
the “military lessons” genre, brimming with examples from both ancient