“though Malkasian does not posit his attritional strategy within a wider historical matrix, it is difficult to find fault with his theory. He has done sound archival research. He deserves praise for showing that the future lies with the war of attrition with its minimalist goals rather than the manoeuvre theory's wider goals which give more space for negotiations. Hence the former seems to be the mode for future warfare.”–Marine Corps Gazette
“ A History of Modern Wars of Attrition is an excellent book, largely because it gives attrition its due time in the sun. Attrition is usually thought of as evil twin of maneuver warfare;most references to attrition operations paint them as the first choice of the incompetent and the last refuge of the brilliant. As such, Malkasian's well-researched book brings welcome balance to the debate....[t]his is a thought-provoking book and worth a read.”–The International History Review
“[t]his is a useful and timely book. In addressing directly the nature of attrition and its place in military history, Malkasian has identified a neglected dimension of strategy and a rewarding path for scholarship. His own analysis of the Pacific and Korean wars demonstrates the sort of approach necessary to understand and rehabilitate this strategic phenomenon, and it is to be hoped that such methodology will be applied to other campaigns and wars in due course....[a]s a starting point for investigating the phenomenon Malkasians's work is well worth consulting.”–The Telegraph
“Carter Malkasian has produced an important contribution to military theory in this study of attrition warfare.”–The Journal of Military History
Details the utility and the drawbacks of attrition as a strategy.