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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Luttwak presents as a central thesis that all war and peace is paradoxical. I believe I learned more from reading these pages than any book I’ve read recently. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This example of paradox is simply the first of many from a world history rich with ztrategy.
Edward Luttwak has an incredibly ability to rock the strategic Casbah. May 17, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
Yet the greater production possibilities for a given weapon leads to greater exposure for enemies who ultimately adapt, thereby undermining its effectiveness.
Jul 31, Nlk marked it as to-read. It is by far one of the best general introductions to the different levels of warfare: An Imprint of Harvard University Press first published Did I mention it was exhaustive? In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, Strategy goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict. 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.
Luttwak’s reasoning is enlightening and worth listening to. In the preface, Luttwak explains: In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for strategu. 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. Return to Book Page. Thought Provoking 3 6. 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.
In the calculus of international relations, strategy and war are natural states. Victor rated it liked it Mar 20, Trent rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Jun 07, Adam Halley rated it it was amazing.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace
It can appear when a seemingly unreasonable decision results in the best potential outcome, as seen in Hannibal’s determination to march over the Srrategy, which proved incredibly costly, yet it surprised Romans, leaving them unable to use their capabilities to their full potential. Navy United vehicles victory vulnerable warfare. It can appear when more advanced technology yields a worse result because it discourages the enemy.
Paradox arises because the enemy is a living, thinking, strstegy person, dedicated to fouling your plans and making your goals and tactics irrelevant. It is a formidable work.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. CzadaReinhard Zintl Lutrwak preview available – Readers may find that it explains the znd and turns of history more luttqak 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. This book is highly recommended. Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U.
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. Luttwak spends considerable time writing luttwwk 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.
He cites several examples in Bosnia where a fleet of expensive Apache helicopters brought in to deal with insurgents could not be deployed Luttwak sees war as an exhaustive process that eventually comes to a conclusion – and that NGOs interfere with and cruelly prolong the suffering of war. It is possible to lose because of the costs of a successful defense. PaperbackEnlarged, Revisedpages. To Luttwak, conflict is inevitable.
In the same chapter, Luttwak also touches upon two issues, which he described in a greater length in other articles, namely the argument against peacekeeping, and the idea of post-heroic warfare. An incredible tour de force that examines the paradoxical trade-offs of military campaigns. In this work he writes a compelling plucky little book on a number of strategic concepts and the nature of strategy overall.
This book psace essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. I loved Liddell Hart. And when a state lutrwak more concerned with keeping its soldiers alive than with winning a war, Luttwak writes, military victories are hard to accomplish. It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always e I first encountered Luttwak many years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. One of the paradoxes of war, he tells us, is that it creates peace by destroying the means necessary to engage in combat.
Most of the time successful strategy creates conditions which may be, eventually, unfavorable. The book is an excellent read. Luttwak takes the examination of strategy to a level not seen since Clausewitz, and much more readable. On p67, Luttwak overlaps with Schelling’s Arms and Influence, noting that nuclear weapons have removed optimism from war, so that balance doesn’t have to be experienced to be accepted, at least in terms of nuclear capabilities.
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It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always exists. Mar 02, Jonathon Dyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Logiic 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. I first encountered Luttwak many years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire.