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London: Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1969. Presumed First U. K. Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 252,  pages. Occasional footnotes. Ink comment, signed and dated on fep. A., J. P. Taylor--The Statesman; Robert Rhodes James--The Politician; J. H. Plumb--The Historian; Basil Liddell Hart--The Military Strategist; Anthony Storr--The Man; and Chronology. Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart (31 October 1895 – 29 January 1970), commonly known throughout most of his career as Captain B. H. Liddell Hart, was a British soldier, military historian and military theorist. He wrote a series of military histories that proved influential among strategists. He argued that frontal assault was a strategy that was bound to fail at great cost in lives, as happened in the First World War. He instead recommended the "indirect approach" and reliance on fast-moving armored formations. His pre-war publications are known to have influenced German wartime strategy, though he was accused of prompting captured generals to exaggerate his part in the development of blitzkrieg tactics. Anthony Storr (18 May 1920 – 17 March 2001) was an English psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author. In his books, Storr explored the secrets of the dark sides of the human psyche – aggression (Human Aggression, 1968), and destructiveness (Human Destructiveness, 1972). At the same time, he saw the possibility of creative use of these spontaneous drives and directing them towards sports, scientific and artistic feats (The Dynamics of Creation, 1972).
New York: Random House, 1990. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. xxxiii, , 329,  pages. Illustrations. Map. Notes and References. Bibliography. Index. John Henry Waller (May 8, 1923 – November 4, 2004) was an American historian and author, as well as the Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1980. In 1943 he began serving in the Office of Strategic Services, working in counterespionage. From 1947 to 1953, Waller served as vice-consul with the United States Foreign Service in Iran. He was a special assistant to the ambassador in New Delhi, India from 1955 to 1957 and from 1968 to 1971. Waller served in Khartoum, Sudan from 1960 to 1960, then as an analyst in the United States Department of State from 1962 to 1968. Waller was Chief of the CIA's Near East Division from 1971 to 1975. During his career he was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the National Civil Service Award.