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When Napoleon's Glance was first published last spring, former NATO secretary general and now putative presidential candidate Wesley Clark declared, "This is a very important book." In Napoleon's Glance strategist William Duggan shows how Clark, along with ten other important figures in the fields of politics, war and culture, owed their success to coup d'oeil. But what isWhen Napoleon's Glance was first published last spring, former NATO secretary general and now putative presidential candidate Wesley Clark declared, "This is a very important book." In Napoleon's Glance strategist William Duggan shows how Clark, along with ten other important figures in the fields of politics, war and culture, owed their success to coup d'oeil. But what is coup d'oeil? Carl von Clausewitz spent twenty years struggling to pin down the genius of Napoleon. In chapter six of what would become "On War" he discovered the secret of Napoleon's strategy: Napoleon's glance. Clausewitz calls it "coup d'oeil" meaning a stroke of the eye, or "glance." A sudden insight that shows you what course of action to take, it comes from knowledge of the past, drawing on what worked in other situations in a new combination that fits the problem at hand. In Napoleon's Glance, Duggan expertly weaves intellectual history and biography in showing how important and decisive coup d'oeil is in determining victory in war, art, the civil rights movement, third world development, and the battle for women's suffrage in America....

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ISBN : 9781560256021
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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  • Fred Leland
    2019-01-18 13:39

    This book goes along well with Duggan's "Strategic Intuition" both give great examples of real life people and circumstances who developed and used Clausewitz's coup d'oeil otherwise known as Napoleons glance, strike of the eye, and expert intuition and today recognized primed decision making. These examples give the reader insight into what intuition and implicit decision making is all about. The explorer mentality, searching for opportunities, combined with Napoleons glance (the ability to see the opening to exploit)can do wonders in enhancing real time decision making under pressure. The book will walk you through some history, explain coup d'oeil and give you ideas on how to develop it. Here is a great quote from Patton to which a Chapter is focused on: "...so thoroughly conversant with all sorts of military possibilities that whenever an occasion arises he has at hand without effort on his part a parallel. To attain this end I think it is necessary for a man to begin to read military history in its earliest form and to follow it down in natural sequence permitting his mind to grow with his subject until he can grasp without effort the most abstruce question of the science of war." Very good book.Fred

  • Sean
    2019-02-11 13:40

    This book defiles strategy as a discipline with its bosh. A series of disjointed narratives strung together only by the unifying theme of Napolean's ability to advance at times of strength and feed off of previous successes, this book omits much while repeating an insipid mantra relating to Napolean's eye. An insipid read, this book fails to inspire and excludes actual learning points from the field of strategy such as comparative advantage or game theory. Overall, a terrible book not worth wasting time on.