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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Mar 02, Jonathon Dyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Harvard University Press Amazon. Luttwak’s conviction was later confirmed by several quantitative studies, including Monica Duffy Toft’s article Ending Civil Wars: It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always e I first encountered Luttwak many years sstrategy through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace by Edward N. Luttwak

To Luttwak, conflict is inevitable. I reluctantly concede that he is generally right, however in the limited cases such as the Sudan or Rwanda where the goal was physical genocide I still hold out for intervention, though Luttwak does suggest an alternate strategy.

He also criticizes relatively well paid and well supported NATO troops as being hampered by being both overly cautious and bureaucratic. Humanitarian assistance is anything but. 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. Paul Hansen rated it really liked it Nov 30, Welcome to the world of a paradoxical logic, where war facilitates peace by destroying state’s means to engage in a conflict and peace breeds war by making the state powerful and daring enough to resort to brute force.

Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right. He discusses the pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrati Bravo! 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. Feb 04, Dale rated it it was ok Shelves: In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for war.


The Logic of War and Peace. As you advance into your success your resources are depleted and your strength dissipated while your enemy’s becomes more consolidated. 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.

A bit too much technical detail of war and those sections should be skipped. The analogy would be keeping a dying person on life support and in pain for months and years on end. 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.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

Published January 31st by Belknap Press: Paradox arises because the enemy is a living, thinking, acting person, dedicated to fouling your plans and making your goals and tactics irrelevant.

Aug 06, Phoenix rated it shrategy was amazing Shelves: 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.

While I have enjoyed and benefited from other works of Luttwak, this Strategy shows both his comprehension of his field and thw brilliance.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. George Mchenry rated it liked it Jul 06, Recognize that every victory comes at a high enough cost that an immediate subsequent defeat is possible. Put simply, policymakers understood the role of foreign policy as an extension of military power. It can appear when more advanced technology yields a worse result og it discourages the enemy.

Insightful book on how strategy uses its own paradoxical logic rather than normal linear logic. I loved Liddell Hart. Sep 02, Kristyna rated it it was amazing. 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. Return to Book Page. The middle section of the book deals with the technical, tactical and operational concerns of military strategy as they apply in offense, defense and in interaction with the political sphere.


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It is a formidable work.

Victor rated it liked it Mar 20, These are just a few of the fascinating ideas and issues Luttwak deals with. Groom No preview available – lkgic Luttwak spends considerable time writing about the importance of persuasion and dissuasion through military power, the importance of harmony in the relation of vertical strategy military operations to horizontal diplomacy, propaganda, public opinion. Nikita rated it it was amazing Mar 03, And he illustrates his points with examples fdward recent history, some almost transferred directly from the status of current events.

In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, Strategy goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict. This book is highly recommended. Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.

A variety of lessons learned are clearly wtrategy and illustrated with historical examples in an understandable manner. Department of Defense and for the U.

Preview — Strategy by Edward N. His discussions on blitzkrieg, defensive depth, culmination points and guided vs unguided weaponry alone are worth the the price of admission. In one telling example, Luttwak shows the paradoxes of economies of scale applied to military technology. He categories air, naval, nuclear and aand based warfare not as strategies but as dissimilar tools subject to the same considerations of strategy.