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Strategy : The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition - Edward N. Luttwak


The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2002
ISBN: 9780674007031
Number Of Pages: 320

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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 of such seemingly self-contradictory propositions, Edward Luttwak shows--they exemplify the paradoxical logic that pervades the entire realm of conflict.

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. Having participated in its planning, Luttwak examines the role of air power in the 1991 Gulf War, then detects the emergence of "post-heroic" war in Kosovo in 1999--an American war in which not a single American soldier was killed.

In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, "Strategy" goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict. As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. 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.

Prefacep. xi
The Logic of Strategyp. 1
The Conscious Use of Paradox in Warp. 3
The Logic in Actionp. 16
Efficiency and the Culminating Point of Successp. 32
The Coming Together of Oppositesp. 50
The Levels of Strategyp. 87
The Technical Levelp. 93
The Tactical Levelp. 103
The Operational Levelp. 112
Theater Strategy I: Military Options and Political Choicesp. 138
Theater Strategy II: Offense and Defensep. 147
Theater Strategy III: Interdiction and the surprise Attackp. 158
Nonstrategies: Naval, Air, Nuclearp. 168
The Renaissance of Strategic Air Powerp. 185
Outcomes: Grand Strategyp. 207
The Scope of Grand Strategyp. 209
Armed Suasionp. 218
Harmony and Disharmony in Warp. 234
Can Strategy Be Useful?p. 258
Definitions of Strategyp. 267
The Gulf War Air Campaignp. 271
Instant Thunderp. 279
Notesp. 281
Works Citedp. 299
Indexp. 304
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ISBN: 9780674007031
ISBN-10: 0674007034
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 2nd April 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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