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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He also criticizes relatively well paid and well supported NATO troops as being hampered by being both overly cautious and bureaucratic. Also, I’m pretty sure that the author doesn’t know what the word “paradox” means.
Sep 04, Jennifer Taw rated it really liked it. References to this book International Relations Then and Now: In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for war. Recognize that every victory comes at a high enough cost that an immediate subsequent defeat is possible.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace by Edward N. Luttwak
But equally paradoxical is that the resulting peace creates war by breeding conditions in which advantage must be sought, puttwak developed to persuade and dissuade, and the peace stdategy even if war has to be resorted to.
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. CzadaReinhard Zintl No preview available – User Review – Flag as inappropriate this is it. He discusses the pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrati Bravo!
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace
In the same chapter, Luttwak also touches upon two issues, which he described in a greater length in other articles, namely the argument against peacekeeping, and the idea of post-heroic warfare.
It is by far one of the best general introductions to the different levels of warfare: It is written in simple English, presented clearly enough for even this Arts graduate to understand. The Logic of War and Peace.
Nov 29, Henry rated it it was amazing Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Strategyplease sign up. On ,uttwak, 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.
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Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U. Humanitarian assistance is anything but. Nikita rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Eward account. I believe Strategy achieves what the author set out to do.
This book assumed that the reader has extensive knowledge of the majority of the major conflicts in the 20th Century and their leaders.
Navy United vehicles victory vulnerable warfare. And he illustrates his points with examples from recent history, some almost transferred directly from the status of current events.
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. The analogy would be keeping a dying person on life support and in pain for months and years on end. Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right.
Luttwak presents as a central thesis that all war and peace is paradoxical. 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.
Negotiating ends to war might be worse than fighting to the bitter conclusion. The one thing that no theory can do is to prescribe what should be done, for that depends on values and goals. A variety of lessons learned are clearly presented and illustrated with historical examples in an understandable manner.
While I have enjoyed and benefited from other works of Luttwak, this Strategy shows both his comprehension of his field and his brilliance. The greatest virtue of war is that, in destruction, it consumes the ability to continue it indefinitely My library Help Advanced Book Search. Jon-Erik rated it it was amazing Mar 06, As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown.
It’s Luttwak’s idea that strategy is being constantly practiced. It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always e I first encountered Luttwak many years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. Sparks Emotion 1 He cites several examples in Bosnia where a fleet of expensive Apache helicopters brought in to deal with insurgents could not be deployed Luttwak sees war as an exhaustive process that eventually comes to a conclusion – and that NGOs interfere with and cruelly prolong the suffering of war.
Mass conflict has always featured as a foundation-stone of the human endeavor, and an edwrd too quick recourse when negotiation fails or offence is taken.
Yet the greater production possibilities for a given weapon leads to greater exposure for lutywak who ultimately adapt, thereby undermining its effectiveness. No trivia or quizzes yet. Origins and Trends in Interpretation William C. The peafe discusses the point that by interrupting conflicts and demanding peace treaties to be signed before the war reaches its natural end, we are only prolonging the conflict by letting all sides rearm.