Deception in War: Art Bluff Value Deceit Most Thrilling Episodes Cunning Mil Hist from the Trojan

Deception in War: Art Bluff Value Deceit Most Thrilling Episodes Cunning Mil Hist from the Trojan

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By (author) Jon Latimer

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  • Publisher: Overlook Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 30mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 25 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1585673811
  • ISBN 13: 9781585673810
  • Sales rank: 604,957

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Deception on the battlefield is surely as old as warfare itself. The examples stretch from the very beginnings of recorded military history-to modern times, when technology has placed a stunning array of devices into the arsenals of military commanders. Military historians often underestimate the importance of deception in warfare. This book is the first to fully describe its value. Jon Latimer shows how simple some tricks have been, but also how technology has increased the range and subtlety of what is possible. He draws examples from land, sea, and air to show how great commanders have always had, as Winston Churchill put it, that indispensable "element of legerdemain, an original and sinister touch, which leaves the enemy puzzled as well as beaten."

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"In detailed and well-chosen examples stretching from antiquity to the Gulf War, Latimer describes not only the steps undertaken to deceive military organizations throughout history but also the conditions of mind that allowed for the trickery to work....a skillful and sober book."