Luttwak’s become the unthinkable. And here he has succeeded magnificently. For peacemakers and warmakers alike”. — Harry G. Summers, Jr., New York. If Edward Luttwak does not always persuade, he always provokes. In this superb book, one that will become a classic of strategy, he does both. He may. Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace rev. and enlarged ed. by Edward N. Luttwak Cambridge, MA: The Belknap. Press of Harvard University Press,
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Aug 06, Phoenix rated it it was amazing Shelves: As victory is turned wtrategy defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, and historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations. Published January 31st by Belknap Press: It is possible to lose because of the costs of a successful defense.
Return to Book Page. Thach Ton rated it did not like it Apr 07, The game may be rigged for war if both sides want peace but know that their pursuit of it would incentivize the other side to seek dominance. The analogy would be keeping a dying person on life support and in pain for months and years on end.
Put simply, policymakers understood the role of foreign policy as an extension of military power. May 17, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts.
Having participated in its planning, Luytwak examines the role of air power in the Gulf War, then detects outtwak emergence of “post-heroic” war in Kosovo in an American war in which not a single American soldier was killed. Politik Und Markt Roland M. Montdelazure rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Every page, however, introduces a new concept or principle, building on those that have come previously.
Sometimes the shrategy tech is the lowest; every tech will meet a countertech and your super-advanced modern wonder might be undone by something cheap and off-the-shelf. But equally paradoxical is that the resulting peace creates war by breeding conditions in which advantage must be sought, strategies developed to persuade and dissuade, and the peace won even if war has to be resorted to.
These case studies and historical examples lend themselves to a quasi-social scientific framework reminiscent of Neustadt and May. A variety of lessons learned are clearly fo and illustrated with historical examples in an understandable manner.
Strategy is an ever-present condition whenever there are relations between nations, whether friendly or hostile. He highlights the necessity of trying to anticipate how your neighbors and opponents will react to new techniques, tactics, operations, etc.
In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for war. Feb 04, Dale rated it it was ok Shelves: Humanitarian assistance is anything but. George Mchenry rated it liked it Jul 06, Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right.
Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means. It’s Luttwak’s idea that strategy is being constantly practiced.
The greatest captains of military history, from Alexander the Great to Napoleon and beyond, were all defeated by less famous enemies, just as the brilliant Rommel was defeated by the infinitely edwrad Montgomery.
France’s determination to construct a fortification line to decrease the number of casualties in a potential war with Germany was more than understandable, yet it persuaded German forces to invade France from Belgium. It can appear between different levels of war, when the right tactical decision may result in the worst operational outcome, as seen in the case of French soldiers who abandoned their positions in May to stop a limited German offensive, only to be taken aback by a full force attack.
It is by far one of the best general introduction This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. It can appear between different levels of war, when the right tactical decision may result i Welcome to the world of a paradoxical logic, where war facilitates peace by destroying state’s means to engage in a conflict and peace breeds war by making the state powerful and daring enough to resort to brute force.
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