Over the years, the intellectual moments I have enjoyed most have always taken the form of conversation. War Stories aims to reproduce that experience: a conversation among real people, some living, some dead, and others who have been imagined and enacted by real people so ably that they come to life themselves. My thanks first, then, to the many people whose stories, real or imagined, fill the following pages. Bringing them together I hope does them no violence and may show them to us in their fullness.

War Stories is a business book. My thanks go next to two decades’ worth of MIT Sloan-affiliated MBAs, senior executives, and other business practitioners who have taught me everything I know about business. They allowed themselves ...

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