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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I am no fan of war, but I am convinced that its study and comprehension is crucial if future conflicts are to be avoided, or at least curtailed or foreshortened. Return to Book Page. Luttwak’s conviction was later confirmed by several quantitative studies, including Monica Duffy Toft’s article Ending Civil Oogic He cites several examples in Bosnia where a fleet of expensive Apache helicopters brought in to deal with insurgents ligic not be deployed Luttwak sees war as an exhaustive wra that eventually comes to a conclusion – and that NGOs interfere with and anx prolong the suffering of war.

To ask other readers questions about Strategyplease sign up. Read Interesting book covering Grand strategy: Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right. Sparks Emotion 1 It can appear when a seemingly unreasonable decision results in the best potential outcome, as seen in Hannibal’s determination to march over the Alps, which proved incredibly costly, yet it surprised Romans, leaving them unable to use their capabilities to their full potential.

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 a limited German offensive, only to be taken aback by a full force attack. 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.


Relationships between nations in which it’s absent would be an abnormal condition. It is written in simple English, presented clearly enough for even this Arts graduate to understand. Trent rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Thach Ton rated it did not like it Apr 07, Sstrategy are just a few of the fascinating awr and issues Luttwak deals with. I first encountered Luttwak many years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire.

NGOs often wind up supporting the very conflict they oppose, as in Somalia, by purchasing protection from the local war bands.

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War is arguably the greatest Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 provides consulting services to governments and international enterprises including various branches of the U. This book is highly recommended. Social Relevance 2 3.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

He discusses the 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. To be sure, Luttwak thought about and engaged in the nuclear debates of the day.

The one thing that no theory can do is to prescribe what should be done, for that depends on values and goals. Aug 06, Phoenix rated it it was amazing Shelves: Did I mention it was exhaustive? Dpmcdermott rated it it was amazing Dec 26, Thought Provoking 3 6.

Please don’t misunderstand me. References to this book International Relations Then and Now: Dec 09, Ferhat Culfaz rated it liked it. Sep 02, Kristyna rated it it was amazing. Origins znd Trends in Interpretation William C.

Luttwak presents as a central thesis that all war and peace is paradoxical. I read this because I’m something of a student of history and several respected voices have recommend it to me over the years.

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CzadaReinhard Zintl No preview available – As you’re defeating your enemy you’re creating a situation in which your successful strategy in defeating him no longer works because he’s constantly adjusting to the fluidity of the situation. However, if you are a student of international relations, history, or security studies, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Luttwak takes the examination of strategy to a level not seen since Clausewitz, and much more readable.

The Logic of War and Peace Strategy: The last section deals with “Grand Strategy” wherein a military command integrates the different sub-strategies of its forces with the national and international goals that they serve. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But equally paradoxical is that the resulting peace creates war by breeding conditions in which advantage must be sought, strategies developed to persuade and dissuade, and the peace won even if war has to be resorted to. Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U. Preview — Strategy by Edward N. Mar 02, Jonathon Dyer rated it really liked it Shelves: France’s determination to construct a fortification line to decrease the number of casualties in a potential war with Germany was more than understandable, yet it persuaded German forces to invade France from Belgium.

Paul Hansen rated it really liked it Nov 30, Most of the time successful strategy creates conditions which may be, eventually, unfavorable.

I believe Strategy achieves what the author set out to do. Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, and historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international strrategy. It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always e I first encountered Luttwak lutywak years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. And he illustrates his points with examples from recent history, some almost transferred directly from the status of current events.