A review by Carroll Quigley
in Military Affairs, Winter 196x,
of an eight volume collection:
Harrisburg: Stackpole Company, 196x
Military Classics; eight volumes, boxed,
Edward Creasy's Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World;
S. G. Brady:
Caesar's Gallic Campaign; Vegetius: Military Institutions of
Great: Instructions to His Generals; Karl von Clausewitz:
Principles of War;
J. D. Hittle:
Jomini and His Summary of the Art of War; Ardant du Picq: Battle
and Alfred H.
Burne: The Art of War on Land.
Company (formerly Military Service Publishing Company),
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. $19.95 the
This boxed set of eight volumes presents a
very mixed bag. It is a re-issue of works published by the same
house between 1942 and 1947. These were of varying merit when published.
As a boxed set they seem to be aimed at an ambiguous market and would be
acceptable as a group only to a relative novice in military studies, one
who wished to begin the collection of a personal library on this
subject. The Creasy is a famous old book, which is of only historical
interest, since its descriptions of famous battles, written in 1851, are
now long since superseded by more recent works based on modern research.
The Vegetius, Frederick the Great, Clausewitz, and du Picq are still
valuable, since they are serviceable translations in useful form,
especially the Clausewitz, which has Hans Gatzke's informative
The Burne book is an original work, now
twenty years old, but of considerable interest and very clearly
written. General Hittle's version of Jomini, although condensed, is also
useful and has an excellent introduction of 37 pages. The Brady version
of Caesar is of little use, since it is an incomplete and often
distorted paraphrase, whose omissions are not indicated; the reader who
wishes to get acquainted with this old war horse would do much better
with John Warrington's translation, which is available in paperback (E.
P. Dutton, 1958).
Scan of original review