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How We Fight : Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War - Dominic Tierney

How We Fight

Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War

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Americans love war. We've never run from a fight. Our triumphs from the American Revolution to World War II define who we are as a nation and a people.

Americans hate war. Our leaders rush us into conflicts without knowing the facts or understanding the consequences. Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan define who we are as a nation and a people.

How We Fight explores the extraordinary doublemindedness with which Americans approach war, and reveals the opposing mindsets that have governed our responses throughout history: the "crusade" tradition-our grand quests to defend democratic values and overthrow tyrants; and the "quagmire" tradition-our resistance to the work of nation-building and its inevitable cost in dollars and American lives.

How can one nation be so split? Studying conflicts from the Civil War to the present, Dominic Tierney has created a secret history of American foreign policy and a frank and insightful look at how Americans respond to the ultimate challenge. And he shows how success is possible. His innovative model for tackling the challenges of modern war can mean longstanding victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, by rediscovering a lost American warrior tradition.

Praise for HOW WE FIGHT

"Lucid and entertaining...A provocative analysis of why Americans love some wars and hate others." "Kirkus Reviews""
Praise for HOW WE FIGHT
"Lucid and entertaining...A provocative analysis of why Americans love some wars and hate others." "Kirkus Reviews""

Introductionp. 3
For Liberty and Vengeance: The Crusade Traditionp. 13
Through a Glass, Darkly: The Quagmire Traditionp. 34
Birth of a Nationp. 55
Heel of Achillesp. 91
To End All Warp. 120
When the Saints Go Marching Inp. 153
Black Gold and Black Hawksp. 190
The Bush Warriorsp. 217
The Founding Traditionp. 248
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Notesp. 271
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780316045155
ISBN-10: 0316045152
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 4th November 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1