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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Strategy — Edward N. Luttwak | Harvard University Press

Paradox arises because the enemy is a living, thinking, acting person, dedicated to fouling your plans and making your goals and tactics irrelevant. Read Interesting book covering Grand strategy: I loved Liddell Luttwk.

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. A Case for Rebel Victory? While I have enjoyed and benefited from other works of Luttwak, this Strategy shows both his comprehension of his field and his brilliance.

This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare wr conflicts. International Relations Then and Now: Sep 17, Jefferson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Strategic decisions must encompass five levels of analysis Vertical Dimension: Thach Ton rated it did not like it Apr 07, Edward Luttwak has an incredibly ability to rock the strategic Casbah.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

Lists with This Book. Trent rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Negotiating ends to war might be worse than fighting to the bitter conclusion.

Jul 31, Nlk marked it as to-read. The b Edward Luttwak has an incredibly ability to rock the strategic Casbah.

Montdelazure rated it it was amazing Jul 14, Origins and Trends in Interpretation William C. 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. Want to Read saving…. The last section deals with “Grand Strategy” wherein a military command integrates the different sub-strategies of its forces with the national and epace goals that they serve.


I read this because I’m something of a student of history and several respected voices have recommend it to me over the years.

Humanitarian assistance is anything but. Luttwak’s consideration if his subject it exhaustive. If strategy’s always present and actively practiced, however, he says not everyone understands its paradoxical nature.

It is a formidable work. This example of paradox is simply the first of many from a world history rich with conflict. Jun 07, Adam Halley rated it hte was amazing. It is written in simple English, presented clearly enough for even this Arts graduate to understand.

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. Every page, however, introduces a new concept or principle, building on those that have come previously. Luttwak notes luttwxk these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right.

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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. Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U.

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 peaec if war has to be resorted to.


Without that knowledge, it’s hard to follow the author’s point. He is chairman of the board of Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited APFLan avia Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, straetgy historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations.

It is possible to lose because of the costs of a successful defense. Thought Provoking 3 6. Such insights wash away the illusion of peaceful coexistence over the longue duree. This is for my history class on Germany’s response to its own wartime atrocities. No trivia or quizzes yet. War is arguably the greatest tragedy of our species; it is the uniform event that diverse cultures use to punctuate their courses of history.

In the calculus of international relations, strategy and war are natural states. Though a small part of the book, starting on pp61 he gives a scathing condemnation of NGOs. My favourite section, however, is Chapter 4, where Luttwak describes reasons why democratic leaders thd for terrible war commanders, writing that the necessity for transparency, the duty to explain actions to civilians, and the desire to be re-elected contradict the paradoxical logic of warfare.

In one telling example, Luttwak shows the paradoxes of economies of scale applied to military technology. The luttwaak covers every conceivable aspect of making war in the abstract illustrated with copious examples of successes and failures.

A Logic of War and Peace is not a book for everyone — it is not always easy to read, and it demands a basic understanding of strategy from its readers. The Pecae of War and Peace, is one of the most studied and influential on the subject.