How Wars Are Won by Bevin Alexander
The 13 Rules of War - from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror

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Even as we head into twenty-first-century warfare, thirteen time-tested rules for waging war remain relevant.

Both timely and timeless, How Wars Are Won illuminates the thirteen essential rules for success on the battlefield that have evolved from ancient times until the present day. Acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander’s incisive and vivid analyses of famous battles throughout the ages show how the greatest commanders—from Alexander the Great to Douglas MacArthur—have applied these rules. For example:

• Feign retreat: Pretend defeat, fake a retreat, then ambush the enemy while being pursued. Used to devastating effect by the North Vietnamese against U.S. forces during the Vietnam War.
• Strike at enemy weakness: Avoid the enemy’s strength entirely by refusing to fight pitched battles, a method that has run alongside conventional war from the earliest days of human conflict. Brilliantly applied by Mao Zedong to defeat the Chinese Nationalists.
• Defend, then attack: Gain possession of a superior weapon or tactical system, induce the enemy to launch a fruitless attack, then go on the offensive. Employed repeatedly against the Goths by the Eastern Roman general Belisarius to reclaim vast stretches of the Roman Empire.

The lessons of history revealed in these pages can be used to shape the strategies needed to win the conflicts of today.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About Bevin Alexander

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Bevin Alexander is the author of numerous books of military history, including the international bestseller How Hitler Could Have Won World War II. He has received many honors for his work as a historian and appears frequently on The History Channel, Discovery, and more. He lives in Bremo Bluff, VA. Author website:
Published December 18, 2007 by Crown Forum. 416 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Alexander (How Hitler Could Have Won World War II, 2000, etc.) illuminates each of his 13 “rules” by using historical conflicts where conformity to one of the rules carried the day.

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Yet Alexander (How Hitler Could Have Won World War II) also seeks to connect his "rules of war" directly to the contemporary "war on terror."

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