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02-07-2013, 01:26 PM
Caleb will be a senior next year. He would really like to study military strategy. He wants to study the great generals throughout history and their war plans. Why they went to war, why they chose one tactic over another, etc. He's read several individual books but I'm looking for one book that ties everything together. I've found a couple books online at Amazon but I'm wondering if maybe someone has already done a class like this or would have a book suggestion for me?

02-08-2013, 12:26 PM
My son and your son would get along just fine. :) You have just given him an idea for a class he might want to do next year! We need to figure out two semesters of history, and this is a great idea.

I shared your post with him and he would like to see the books you've found on Amazon, if you wouldn't mind sharing.

My ds realizes that your ds probably already knows many generals to study, but he had a lot of fun just listing them anyway. He's read bios of some of them, but hasn't read a general book on military strategy (but I'm sure he would like it). He's very intereted in military tactics in general.

If your ds has names to add to this list, I'm sure my ds would like to see them.

Julius Caesar
Alexander the Great
Genghis Khan
George Washington
Robert E. Lee
John J. Pershing
George Patton
Dwight Eisenhower
Douglas MacArthur
Bernard Montgomery
Erwin Rommel
Adolf Hitler
Admiral Yamamoto
Norman Schwartzkopf

Susan Seaman
02-08-2013, 02:13 PM
I also have a son who really likes Military history and strategy. So far, his biggest interest in is medieval battles, and he's written a big document organizing Scottish battle history. He got most of his info from the internet.

Several years back, he listened to some audio CDs - Providential Battles, and Providential Battles II, put out by Vision Forum. He enjoyed those a lot, so that might be a good resource for you.

I would like to see more resources like those - audio CDs, podcasts and DVDs, because while my son is very interested in the topic, he's not a huge fan of reading. I think he would enjoy reading about all these generals provided that I chose mostly articles and simpler texts with a few weightier biographies thrown in.

He watched Band of Brothers, but we haven't seen the Pacific version. These were pretty graphic, but we watched them on Clearplay.

Laura JL
02-08-2013, 04:47 PM
This might be a little more than what you want to get into -- but it is a free course through MIT's openware courses. I had it marked to consider for ds in high school.


02-08-2013, 10:16 PM
Susan, I have these CD's on my list of things to get for this class. I'm so glad to hear a positive review for them. Caleb loves to read but he also listens to alot of CD's

Rebe, I was pretty sure our sons would get along well when we were sharing math woes. Here are some people Caleb has read about. He sort of specializes in ancient history, but here are the ones he mentioned that weren't on your list.
Thutmose III
Gustovus Adolfus
Stonewall Jackson

Here are the Amazon books I found. I'm really not completely happy with these. I am looking for a book that takes the great generals throughout history and examines their was strategies and tactics. I haven't found THAT book yet.





02-09-2013, 12:46 PM
I am looking for a book that takes the great generals throughout history and examines their was strategies and tactics. I haven't found THAT book yet.

And you know what that means. Somebody will have to write one. ;)

Thanks for the links!

02-09-2013, 03:34 PM
I told Caleb the same thing, Rebe!!:roflol:

I've always wanted to write a book, but with all these boys, I only know about construction equipment and war! Not exactly the kind of book I had in mind. Maybe we'll co-author a book....that would be fun.