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Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare (Phoenix Press) Paperback – May 1, 2007

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“For anyone serious about the dynamics of strategy, the risks of future conflict, and the variables impacting American defense policy, this book is simply indispensable.”  —Armed Services Journal

About the Author

Colin Gray is Professor of Politics & Strategic Studies at the University of Reading. He has dual British/American nationality and has been an advisor to British and American governments for twenty-five years. He has shaped policy on nuclear strategy, arms control and special forces. From 1982-87 he was on the President's General Advisory Committee on arms control and disarmament.
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Product Details

  • Series: Phoenix Press
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304367346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304367344
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great book written in the form of a frank discussion on what the future history of warfare will be. I would strongly recommend this for all interested in international relations, politics or military operations. Though it can be confronting at times, it offers all who read it a chance to re-examine their ideas of what the future will hold.

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.
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This is a theoretical/philosophical/logical/historical/pragmatic look at war and warfare to come, and is one of the most engaging books I have read in quite some time. The author has a superb, and often wickedly delightful sense of humor that emerges unexpectedly throughout his text - he is particularly unkind to the multi-national, soft and fuzzy make peace not war can't we all be friends crowd. The book is worth buying just for the final two chapters - The Control of War and A Warlike Future - but I strongly recommend you read all the preceding chapters, nevertheless. Gray lays out, and eviscerates, the various grand theories of war - also those for controlling and eliminating war - and covers factors that do in fact limit war, if unevenly and unreliably. Throughout I found myself thinking how much I wish I had written THAT, or how intellectually satisfying it is to learn THAT.

There is much to be learned here. Very satisfying, very stimulating, very provocative of serious thought...
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ANOTHER BLOODY CENTURY: FUTURE WARFARE explores the idea that while war is ever changing, its basics remain the same: it'll always be with us, it has an unchanging nature and character, it's driven by politics, and it embraces strategic surprises. That said, ANOTHER BLOODY CENTURY narrows the focus to strategic prediction's problems, the fallacies inherent in the idea of a foreseeable future when warfare is involved, and futuristic types of warfare mechanisms which argues that in practice war is a controlled process. Any who would understand warfare's evolution and future must consider the basic tenants observed in ANOTHER BLOODY CENTURY: FUTURE WARFARE, which looks under the hype for the realities.

Diane C. Donovan

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In fact, this book is a very different point of view regarding war in this Century. With great historic knowledge, the author give tips to be cautious before theorist that argue inter state war has not future. This book should be read by people interested in Foreign Affairs and top military leaders an Defence planers.
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Mr. Gray does a masterful job of summarizing several possibilities for the future of warfare in this well written book. He bases his discussion on a theory of warfare that has proven timeless and accents his points with historical examples - reiterating that our future is inextricably linked to the past.
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This historical retrospective on war takes both the theoretical and the historical view of where the shape of war might go into the future. The author's theoretical discussions suggest, as an unacknowledged meta-theory, that the shape of war will not change -- due primarily to his seven factors which added up to the fact that human nature itself will not change.

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.
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