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    DescriptionThis unique and penetrating book surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War, through the Boer conflict, to the disasterous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second. It examines the social psychology of military organizations, provides case studies of individual commanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster.


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    Title
    On the Psychology of Military Incompetence
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Norman F. Dixon, By (author) M. Dixon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780712658898
    ISBN 10: 0712658890
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ, 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: JWL, JMJ, JWK
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000, TEC025000
    Libri: B-482
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 3JH
    DC20: 355.331
    Thema V1.0: JHB, TTM
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    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    PIMLICO
    Publication date
    27 February 1994
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Dr Norman F. Dixon, M.B.E., Fellow of the British Psychological Society, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University College London. After ten years' commission in the Royal Engineers, during which time he was wounded ('largely through my own incompetence'), Professor Dixon left the Army in 1950 and entered university where he obtained a first-class degree in Psychology. He received the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy in 1956 and Doctor of Science in 1972, and in 1974 was awarded the University of London Carpenter Medal 'for work of exceptional distinction in Experimental Psychology'. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund. His other books include: Preconscious Processing, Subliminal Perception: the nature of a controversy, which was described by Professor George Westby as 'one of the most substantial works of British psychology of recent years', and Our Own Worst Enemy, which New Society praised as 'an elegant play on man's chaotic nature...diverse and arresting'.
    Review quote
    "Shocking and provocative" New Society "An absorbing, perceptive and often very funny study in human frailty... Stimulating and almost invariably provocative" -- Lord Chalfont Listener "An original, scientifically impressive and fascinating book... This is a minor classic" Tablet "It should be compulsory reading wherever future officers are selected or trained, and deserves a very wide readership among psychologists and laymen" -- John Nicholson New Society
    Review text
    A writer on war who misdates the Dardanelles expedition by a year cannot be wholly competent; yet Dixon has a serious point to argue. He maintains, in a book that appeared in 1976 and at once became a minor classic, that authoritarian generals are likely to be indecisive and incompetent commanders, and illustrates his point from a mass of examples of ineptitude, most of them British. (Kirkus UK)