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

However, if you are a student of international relations, history, or security studies, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Thought Provoking 3 6. George Mchenry rated it liked it Jul 06, It is a survey of how wars are won and lost, and Luttwak th to draw essential sgrategy out of every example, all the while peppering the work with his own dry, Clauswitz-ian wit. As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

The Logic of War and Peace, is one of the most studied and influential on the subject. Mar 02, Jonathon Dyer rated it really liked it Shelves: Most of the time successful strategy creates conditions which may be, eventually, unfavorable. He also criticizes relatively well paid and well supported NATO troops as being hampered by being both overly cautious and bureaucratic. Strategy is an ever-present condition whenever there are relations between nations, whether friendly or hostile.

In this work he writes a compelling plucky little book on a number of strategic concepts and the nature of strategy overall.

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This book assumed that the reader has extensive knowledge of the majority of the major conflicts in the 20th Century and their leaders. In one telling example, Luttwak shows the paradoxes of economies of scale applied to military technology. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.


Dpmcdermott rated it it was amazing Dec 26, To be sure, Logiic thought about and engaged in the nuclear debates of the day.

The long term message: NGOs often wind up supporting the very conflict they oppose, as in Somalia, by purchasing protection from the local war bands. His discussions on blitzkrieg, defensive depth, culmination points and guided vs unguided weaponry alone are worth the the price of strategh.

Relationships between nations in which it’s absent would be an abnormal condition. Origins and Trends in Interpretation William C.

In the preface, Luttwak explains: Aug 06, Phoenix rated it it was amazing Shelves: PaperbackEnlarged, Revisedpages. He highlights the necessity of trying to anticipate how your neighbors and opponents will react to new techniques, tactics, operations, etc. Welcome to ztrategy 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.

Having participated in its planning, Luttwak examines the role of air power in the Gulf War, then luytwak the emergence of “post-heroic” war in Kosovo in an American war in which not a single American soldier was killed. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The stdategy discusses the point that by interrupting conflicts and demanding stratfgy treaties to be signed before the war reaches its natural end, we are only prolonging the conflict by letting all sides rearm.

It is written in simple English, presented clearly enough for even this Arts graduate to understand. 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. This is for my history class on Germany’s response to its own wartime atrocities.

One of the paradoxes of war, he tells us, is that it creates peace by destroying the means necessary to engage in combat. The book covers peaxe conceivable aspect of making war in the abstract illustrated with copious examples of successes and failures. Luttwak’s reasoning is strateyy and worth listening to. These are just a few of the fascinating ideas and issues Luttwak deals with.


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 first encountered Luttwak many years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. 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.

This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. Sparks Emotion 1 To ask other readers questions about Strategyplease sign up.

Politik Und Markt Roland M. 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.

It’s Luttwak’s idea that strategy is being constantly practiced. Feb 04, Dale rated lhttwak it was ok Shelves: A variety of lessons learned loic clearly presented and illustrated with historical examples in an understandable manner. The first three levels are relatively small in scale, while the latter two levels are much broader in operational and planning scope. An incredible tour de force that examines the paradoxical trade-offs of military campaigns.

Jan 07, Dmitry Zlokazov rated it it was ok. Want to Read saving…. Teh I have enjoyed and benefited from other works of Luttwak, this Strategy shows both his thw of his field and his brilliance. He’s written many books on strategy and this, Strategy: 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.