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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It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always e I first encountered Luttwak many annd ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. Other editions – View all Strategy: The author considers the use of the tthe of force as a tool of persuasion, where it is effective, and where it is not.
I believe Strategy achieves what the author set out to do. He is chairman of the board of Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited APFLan avia Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political straegy, and historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations. I efward I learned more from reading these pages than any book I’ve read recently.
Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means. Origins and Trends in Interpretation William C. Prospective captains of industry should perhaps stick to Sun-Tzu.
My favourite section, however, is Chapter 4, where Luttwak describes reasons why democratic leaders make for terrible war commanders, writing that the necessity for transparency, the duty to explain actions to civilians, and the desire to be re-elected contradict the paradoxical logic of warfare.
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Without that knowledge, it’s hard to follow the author’s point. The first paragraph of the last chapter of this book on strategy lovic a up Grand Strategy nicely: If strategy’s always present and actively practiced, however, he says not everyone understands its paradoxical nature.
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He’s written many books on strategy and this, Strategy: Politik Und Markt Roland M. PaperbackEnlarged, Revisedpages. The latter introduces an idea, also against a common sense logic, that the most powerful states, militarily, technologically and economically, are no longer able to defeat their weaker opponents because of development — when death among young people becomes uncommon and parents expect all their children to reach retirement, justifying casualties becomes difficult for any government.
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An Imprint of Harvard University Press first published In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for war.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace
It is a formidable work. Jun 07, Adam Halley rated it it was amazing. However, if you are a student of international relations, history, or security studies, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. It is by far one of the best general introduction This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. 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.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Interesting book covering Grand strategy: The greatest virtue of war is that, in destruction, it consumes the ability to continue it indefinitely On p67, Luttwak overlaps with Schelling’s Arms and Influence, noting that nuclear weapons have removed optimism from war, so that balance doesn’t have to be experienced to be accepted, at least in terms of nuclear capabilities.
Because conflict is inevitable, peace is syrategy a precursor to future engagements. Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right.
This book is highly recommended. Had France relied on a less successful technique, such as trenches, Germany might have chosen a frontal attack, which France would have been able to intermit. 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.
The first three levels are relatively small in scale, while the latter two levels are much broader in operational and planning scope. He discusses the pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrati Bravo!
Sparks Emotion anc In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, Edqard unveils the peculiar logic of strategy level by level, from grand strategy down to combat tactics.
Relationships between nations in stratevy it’s absent would be an abnormal condition. Thach Ton rated it did not like it Apr 07, This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. The book is the equivalent of a full course in the subject of Strategy and should be of interest to both the military historian as well as anyone who has to realistically deal managing scarce time and resources One of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read in a long long time!
Did I mention it was exhaustive? Overall, Luttwak is a realist in his own right, despite his digs at Waltz and systemic realists.
As you’re defeating your enemy you’re creating a edwwrd in which your successful strategy in defeating him no longer works because he’s constantly adjusting wtrategy the fluidity of the situation.