On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

Norman F. Dixon
Introduced by General Sir Rupert Smith

A hundred years of military blunders accompanied by a fascinating psychological analysis.

This incisive and engrossing book is a revealing study of 100 years of military incompetence, from the disasters of the Crimean War to the ‘misery and chaos’ of Operation Market Garden. As well as providing fascinating examples of costly blunders, it also scrutinises the psychology of the men at the heart of these conflicts, and the social psychology of the military as a whole. The result is an unusual perspective on some of the most significant events in recent human history, as well as a series of eye-opening lessons that can be applied beyond the military itself.

‘Since men are not by nature all that well equipped for aggression on a grand scale, they have had to develop a complex of rules, conventions and ways of thinking which, in the course of time, ossify into outmoded tradition, curious ritual, inappropriate dogma...’

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Three-quarter-bound in cloth with a printed Modigliani paper front board

Set in Mentor

480 pages

Frontispiece and 16 pages of colour and black & white plates

˝ x 6¼˝

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