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Most over-rated military book you know?

I am thinking of compiling a list of the 10 most over-rated books on military history or theory. My candidate: B.H. Liddell Hart’s Strategy. Not a terrible book, and not a theory with which I disagree. Just not all that I hoped it would be. His point that the indirect approach is always better can ...

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I am thinking of compiling a list of the 10 most over-rated books on military history or theory.

I am thinking of compiling a list of the 10 most over-rated books on military history or theory.

My candidate: B.H. Liddell Hart’s Strategy. Not a terrible book, and not a theory with which I disagree. Just not all that I hoped it would be. His point that the indirect approach is always better can be said in about five pages. The rest of the book struck me as fairly fluffy padding. I think what put me off was the quotes on the cover about how brilliant and essential the book is.

What other books might go on this list? I think we should be nice, so please, no living authors.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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