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. This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts.
Nov 29, Henry rated it it was amazing Shelves: International Relations Then and Now: Dec 09, Ferhat Culfaz rated it liked it. 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 by one of the world’s foremost authorities reveals the ultimate logic of military failure and success, of war and peace.
War is arguably the greatest Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means. George Mchenry rated it liked it Jul 06, The book covers every conceivable aspect of making war in the abstract illustrated with copious examples of successes and failures.
In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for war. References to this book International Relations Then and Now: Read Interesting book covering Grand strategy: Luttwak’s conviction was later confirmed by several quantitative studies, including Monica Duffy Toft’s article Ending Civil Wars: To be sure, Luttwak thought about and engaged in the nuclear debates of the day.
Dpmcdermott rated it it was amazing Dec 26, He is a game theorist in his own right, too, but with an understanding of the irrationality of the game. This is for my history class on Germany’s response to its own wartime atrocities. Though a small part of the book, starting on pp61 he gives a scathing condemnation of NGOs.
If strategy’s always present and actively practiced, however, he says not everyone understands its paradoxical nature. Not as good as his first magnum opus, Coup d’etat. Interesting book covering Grand strategy: It is by far one of the best general introduction This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts.
May 17, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: It can appear when more advanced technology yields a worse result because it discourages the enemy. No trivia or quizzes yet.
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 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. 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.
Luttwak’s reasoning is enlightening and worth listening to.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace
Published January 31st by Belknap Press: The former 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. In the preface, Luttwak explains: Clausewitz would blush in envy, although many of his ideas are a hyper complex version of some points made by Clausewitz. Feb 12, Marguerite rated it really liked it.
Origins and Trends in Interpretation William C. A Logic of War and Peace is not a book for everyone — it is not always easy to read, and it luttaak a basic understanding of strategy from ligic readers. Without that knowledge, it’s hard to follow the author’s point. Humanitarian assistance is anything peacce.
Overall, Luttwak is a realist in his own right, despite his digs at Waltz and systemic realists. Mar 02, Jonathon Dyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Nikita rated it it was amazing Mar 03, To Luttwak, conflict is inevitable.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace by Edward N. Luttwak
He discusses strategg pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrationality of over-expenditures on nuclear weapons, over-preparation, implementing new technologies, being over or under cautious. NGOs often wind up supporting the very conflict they oppose, as in Somalia, by purchasing protection from the local war bands. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.
In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, Luttwak unveils the peculiar logic of strategy level by level, from grand strategy down to combat tactics. Please don’t misunderstand me. The one thing that no theory can do is to prescribe peave should be done, for that depends on values and goals. In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, Luttwak unveils the peculiar logic of strategy level by level, from grand strategy down to combat tactics.
He also provides consulting services to governments and international enterprises including various branches of the U. I’m glad I read it, but I think I would only recommend it to those who either have a working interest in the field or those with a lot of time on their hands. User Review – Flag as inappropriate this is it. I read the opening chapter during my university studies in the past, and I am happy that now I am out of school, I had the chance to finish the book and comprehend Luttwak’s argument in its entirety.