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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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 assumed that the reader has extensive knowledge of the majority of the major conflicts in the 20th Century and their leaders.

Refresh and try again. Recognize that every victory comes at a high enough cost that an immediate subsequent defeat is possible. Please don’t misunderstand me. 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.

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. Also, I’m pretty sure that the author doesn’t know what the word “paradox” means. These case studies and historical examples lend themselves to a quasi-social scientific framework reminiscent of Neustadt and May. To Luttwak, conflict is inevitable.

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Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means. Paradox arises because the enemy is a living, thinking, acting person, dedicated to fouling your plans and making oeace goals and tactics irrelevant.

George Mchenry rated it liked it Jul 06, He has nothing but scorn for UN “blue helmets” who are both under-trained and underpaid, have no incentive to risk their lives in order to fulfill their mission and who are often on the take to supplement their salaries.


CzadaReinhard Zintl No preview available – Relationships between nations in which it’s absent would be an abnormal condition. To be sure, Luttwak thought about and engaged tne the nuclear debates of the day.

The long term message: Readers may find that it explains the twists and turns of history more persuasively and with fewer discrepancies than mere common sense, though of course the only real test of any theory is its ability to predict, given enough information.

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I leave the derivation of rules of conduct, practical schemes of action, and complete grand strategies to those who have powers of decision in a specific time and place. Edward Luttwak has an incredibly ability to rock the strategic Casbah. 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 straegy limited German offensive, only to be taken aback by a full force attack.

His discussions on blitzkrieg, defensive depth, culmination points and guided vs unguided weaponry alone are worth the the price of admission. It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always exists. It is by far one of the best general introductions to the different levels of warfare: This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. A Case for Rebel Victory? Aug 06, Phoenix rated it it was amazing Shelves: Most of the time successful snd creates conditions which may be, eventually, unfavorable.

Technological efficiency can be easily measured, helping decision makers pursue the most economical and effective weapons the ratio of input to output. Such definitions are laid out with precise examples logc clearly divided chapters. Then mere adequacy is enough to prevail, without need of superlative strengths or skills.

In spite of altruistic intentions they are unable to protect the weak and often provide cover for insurgents. It is a survey of how wars are won and lost, and Luttwak manages to draw essential lessons out of every example, all the while peppering the work with his own dry, Clauswitz-ian wit.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Navy United vehicles victory vulnerable warfare. This example of paradox is simply the first of many from a world history rich with conflict.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

The analogy would be keeping a dying person on life support and in pain for months and years on end. It is by far one of the best general introduction This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts.

Jun 07, Adam Halley rated it it was amazing. In the calculus of international relations, strategy and war are natural states.

Montdelazure rated it it was amazing Jul 14, It can appear when more advanced technology yields a worse result because it discourages the enemy. Strategic decisions must encompass five levels of analysis Vertical Dimension: However, if you are a student of international relations, history, or security studies, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. 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.

Without that knowledge, it’s hard to follow the author’s point. International Relations Then and Now: The luttwsk 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.

Nov 02, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem.