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Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare (Phoenix Press) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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The book aims to look at the future through the lens of history in order to understand what may be the shape of things to come. Gray clearly states his intellectual position as a realist and the case he presents, though compelling, may challenge the sensibilities of liberal internationalists.
What I enjoyed most about this book is the almost conversational style with which it was written. This writing style creates the impression that Gray is actually sitting down with the reader to have a frank discussion about the subject. Such a style is useful in getting the reader to take in what is being argued and form their own opinion on the subject.
In all, a book well worth reading.
There is much to be learned here. Very satisfying, very stimulating, very provocative of serious thought...
Diane C. Donovan
In this underlying but unstated meta-theory, war acts as a roving independent variable. But as history, and as prose, it is easy to see that war is "spoken of" as if it were a dependent variable -- as a floating sui genres variable of uncertain and unclear pedigree and agency? However, I believe that this matter was settled by Clausewitz's most famous aphorism: "that war is but politics by other means." This establishes a clear causal link between war and politics, and thus an equally clear link to human nature as among its most important dependent variables.
Although the author did not do so here, I believe it is important to keep the linkages between the two as close as possible because, as much as we would like to think otherwise, war is not a free-floating variable without clear causes and direct linkages to politics and to power elites who manage those politics -- especially in those instances of disputes that eventually lead to war.
Whenever and wherever people may be associated with a cause whose disputes can lead to conflict, and conflict can then lead directly and inexorably to war, the chain of causation must be made explicit and cannot be broken. So war is woven tightly together with its antecedents, it's human causes.Read more ›
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This book is well researched and the author does a great job at keeping the information well organized.Published 6 months ago by Jorge Rubio
Colin S. Gray has a realistic view of human nature and the future of warfare!Published 8 months ago by Gale Guldemond
A sound analysis presented with dry wit. Paints a somewhat dismal, if realistic view of warfare in the coming decades.Published on August 16, 2013 by Howard G. Anders Jr
This book is not for those who from a serious background in International Relations.
If Gray were attempting to write a readable work of realism for a general audience... Read more