**This is an advanced copy obtained from the Max Brooks and ML Cavanaugh signing at Bookcon 2019 **
Release Date: September 2019
Set in the fictitious world of Westeros, the hit television series Game of Thrones chronicles the bitter and violent struggle between the realm’s noble dynasties for control of the Seven Kingdoms. But this beloved fantasy drama has just as much to say about the successful strategies and real-life warfare waged in our own time and place. Winning Westeros brings together more than thirty of today’s top military and strategic experts, including generals and admirals, policy advisors, counterinsurgency tacticians, science fiction and fantasy writers, and ground‑level military officers to explain the strategy and art of war by way of the Game of Thrones saga.
Each chapter of Winning Westeros provides a relatable, outside‑the‑box way to simplify and clarify the complexities of modern military conflict. A chapter on the doomed butcher’s boy whom Arya Stark befriends by World War Z author Max Brooks poignantly reminds us of the cruel fate that civilians face during times of war. Another chapter on Jaqen H’ghar and the faceless men of Bravos explores the pivotal roles that stealth and intelligence play in battle. Whether considering the diplomatic prowess of Tyrion Lannister, the defiant leadership style of Daenerys Targaryen, the Battle of the Bastards and the importance of reserves, Brienne of Tarth and the increased role of women in combat, or dragons as weapons of mass destruction, Winning Westeros gives fans of Game of Thrones and aspiring military minds alike an inspiring and entertaining means of understanding the many facets of modern warfare. It is a book as captivating and enthralling as Game of Thrones itself.
I ended up getting this advanced copy at Bookcon 2019 when I signed up for the Max Brooks and ML Cavanaugh book signing. Luckily I was almost done with the show, so I was really looking forward to reading it. Overall, I gave this a 3.5 out of 5. The quality and ease of writing really depended on the chapter. There were some chapters that I had a difficult time reading because I didn’t really have the background knowledge to fully understand what was being talked about. The military language also made aspects in certain chapters hard to understand. I did enjoy how in depth the contributors used the show/book Game of Thrones to explain modern military conflict.
As I said before, this book is good for those who have an interest in reading about the military but it is best to have already seen the Game of Thrones show and or read the books because the authors/contributors of Winning Westeros reference a lot from Game of Thrones.