The Logic of War and Peace 2nd revised and enlarged ed
By (author) Edward N. Luttwak
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Strategy by Edward N. Luttwak
Book DescriptionIf you want peace, prepare for war. A build-up of offensive weapons can be purely defensive. The worst road may be the best route to battle. Strategy is made of such seemingly self-contradictory propositions, Edward Luttwak shows - they exemplify the paradoxical logic that pervades the entire realm of conflict. In this revised and expanded work, Luttwak unveils the peculiar logic of strategy level by level, from grand strategy down to combat tactics. Having participated in its planning, Luttwak examines the role of air power in the 1991 Gulf War, then detects the emergence of "post-heroic" war in Kosovo in 1999 - an American war in which not a single American soldier was killed. In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, "Strategy" goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict. As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. Citing examples from ancient Rome to our own days, from Barbarossa and Pearl Harbor down to minor combat affrays, from the strategy of peace to the latest operational methods of war, this book reveals the ultimate logic of military failure and success, of war and peace.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674007031
(235mm x 155mm x 23mm)
Imprint: The Belknap Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Edward N. Luttwak
Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire, Paperback (June 2016)
This illuminating book remains essential to both ancient historians and students of modern strategy.
Coup D'etat, Paperback (April 2016)
Edward Luttwak's shocking 1968 handbook showed, step-by-step, how governments could be overthrown and inspired anti-coup precautions around the world. In addition to these instructions, his revised handbook offers a new way of looking at political power-one that considers the vulnerability of stable democracies after prolonged economic distress.
Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy, Hardback (November 2012)
As the rest of the world worries about what a future might look like under Chinese supremacy, Luttwak worries about China's own future prospects. Applying the logic of strategy for which he is well known, he argues that the world's second largest economy may be headed for a fall unless China's leaders check their military ambitions.
Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire, Paperback (November 2011)» View all books by Edward N. Luttwak
Presents the grand strategy of the eastern Roman empire we know as Byzantine, which lasted more than twice as long as the more familiar western Roman empire, eight hundred years by the shortest definition.
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Author Biography - Edward N. Luttwak
Edward N. Luttwak is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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