Rating: [2 - history/philosophy] (see explanation of ratings here)
I listened to this book while driving so was unable to make highlights / take notes. I liked his definition of grand strategy - the alignment of unlimited aspirations with finite capabilities. It was especially interesting to hear his perspective on Machiavelli (improperly villified), Lincoln (widely revered but very Machiavellian), Napoleon (gifted in tactics, blind in strategy) and the others. All that said, the book could have easily been a third to half as long and would not have lost any substance. I especially didn't follow or understand his focus on religion at various points, it didn't seem to line up with the topic of the book. I also didn't feel he did a great job summarizing some of his points about key wars or leaders in history as they tied to grand strategy.