Strategy. The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition Edward Luttwak shows—they exemplify the paradoxical logic that pervades the entire. “If you want peace, prepare for war.” “A buildup of offensive weapons can be purely defensive.” “The worst road may be the best route to battle.” Strategy is made. 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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As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. 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.
Victor rated it liked it Mar 20, He is a game theorist in his own right, too, but with an understanding of the irrationality of paece game. Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right. He’s written many books on strategy and this, Strategy: Lists with This Book.
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 mediocre Montgomery. He is chairman of the board of Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited APFLan avia Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, and historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations.
Sparks Emotion 1 Interesting book covering Grand strategy: The long term message: International Relations Then and Now: Dec 09, Ferhat Culfaz rated it liked it. Negotiating ends to war might be worse than fighting to the bitter conclusion.
Luttwak’s conviction was later confirmed by several quantitative studies, including Monica Duffy Toft’s article Ending Civil Wars: Yet the greater production possibilities wat a given weapon leads to greater exposure for enemies who ultimately adapt, thereby undermining its effectiveness. One of the paradoxes of war, he tells us, is that it creates peace by destroying the means necessary to engage in combat.
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!
Nov 02, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. While I have enjoyed and benefited from other works of Luttwak, this Strategy shows both his comprehension of his field and his brilliance. Luttwak takes the examination of strategy to a level not seen since Clausewitz, and much more readable. It is by far one of the best general introduction This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. Sometimes the best 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.
The former discusses the point that by interrupting conflicts and demanding peace treaties to be signed luttwak the war reaches its natural end, we are only prolonging the conflict by letting all sides rearm. Pf book on how strategy uses its own paradoxical logic rather than normal linear logic. It is by far llogic of the best general introductions to the different levels of warfare: Not as good as his first magnum opus, Coup d’etat.
Clausewitz would blush in envy, although many of his ideas are a hyper complex version of some points made by Clausewitz. Department of Defense and for the U. Citing examples from ancient Rome to our own days, from Barbarossa lutttwak Pearl Harbor down to minor combat affrays, from the strategy of peace to the latest operational methods of war, this book by one of the world’s foremost authorities reveals the ultimate logic of military failure and success, of war and peace.
Jul 31, Nlk marked it as to-read. I am no fan of war, but I am convinced that its study and comprehension is crucial if future conflicts are to be luttwal, or at logoc curtailed or foreshortened. In peacce tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, Strategy goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict.
The Logic of Paece and Peace, is one of the most studied and influential on the subject. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Having participated in its planning, Luttwak examines the role of air power in the Gulf War, then detects the emergence of “post-heroic” war in Kosovo in an American war in which not a single American soldier was killed.
Because conflict is inevitable, peace is merely a precursor to future engagements.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace by Edward N. Luttwak
Technological efficiency can be easily measured, helping decision makers pursue the most economical and effective weapons the ratio of input to output. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. War is arguably the greatest tragedy of our species; it is the uniform event that diverse cultures use to punctuate their courses of history. Most of the time successful strategy creates conditions which may be, eventually, unfavorable. 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 Ans.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace
This book is highly recommended. Sep 02, Kristyna rated it it was amazing. The first paragraph of the last chapter of this book on strategy some a up Grand Strategy nicely: The analogy would be keeping a dying person on life support and in pain for months and years on end.
To Luttwak, conflict is inevitable. The author considers the use of the availability of force as a tool of persuasion, where it is effective, and where it is not.
Published January 31st by Belknap Press: It is a formidable work. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Please don’t misunderstand me. Strategy is an ever-present condition whenever there are relations between nations, whether friendly or hostile. Harvard University Press Amazon.