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Wars begin, continue, and conclude as politicians and military brass spout phrases like final victory and mission accomplished as if they were absolutes. As this original and provocative collection of essays illustrates, wars rarely end so neatly. Moten, currently a professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy, has served in the U.S. Army for more than 27 years. He has elicited the expertise of a variety of political and military scholars to examine how various American military conflicts were ended and how those endings related to policymakers’ stated and unstated goals. The wars covered span our history from the Revolutionary War to the first Gulf War. Each essay has its unique perspective, and many contain assertions that contradict traditional views. Several common themes tie the essays together. Most prominently, wars, once launched, irrevocably change facts and acquire momentum of their own, distorting and altering initial military and political goals. This outstanding and timely anthology is likely to engender controversy amongst both military and political officials. --Jay Freeman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Making sense of the headlines…A set of essays devoted to the shadowy ground on which the guns have ceased their roar, but could resume it at any moment. . . . Of considerable interest to students of military history, strategy, tactics and geopolitics.”
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439194629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439194621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed Cox on January 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Students of American military history will find the list of contributors to this collection of essays very familiar. That's because Colonel Moten has assembled a dream team of military historians to examine war from a fresh new perspective. I admit to skipping ahead to Coffman's chapter on World War I before going back to read the rest of the book. That's because I've used so much of his work in my own biography of Pershing's operations officer, MG Fox Conner. I recommend readers begin by spending a great deal of time studying Roger Spiller's introductory essay and the six propositions he lays out about the history of war termination. Afterwards, one can read the remaining essays from cover to cover, or treat this valuable resource as a buffet, with each chapter representing a concise summary of the war in question. Politicians and their advisors should keep this book handy on their shelves for ready reference.

Ed Cox
Author of Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Strock VINE VOICE on March 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Begin with the end in mind....

So obvious--yet so often overlooked in the stampede into wars....

This book is the work of a first-rate group of professors and practitioners, focusing on the question: "How has the Untied States ended its wars, and how well has it accomplished its political aims and strategic goals in the past?"

With 14 case studies, from the American Revolution through the ongoing war in Iraq, the authors offer differing points of view but share a strong sense of history and practical insight.

This book is strongly recommended. Its service is not so much to offer easy or clear "answers," but to point toward hard but necessary questions at an important moment in history.
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By Terry Tucker on November 3, 2014
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This is an excellent book. There are 15 chapters. Each chapter is an historical example written by an authority in the field. You can read the entire book from cover to cover, which i did, or you can read a chapter as a stand alone for a particular war or period of history. My specialty is in insurgency and counterinsurgency and so I added this as a personal filter and highlight as I read each chapter.

The purpose of this book is " to examine how America's major conflicts have ended. The issue is of immense political and strategic import."

From the Introduction: "war is never - or never should be - an end itself. Wars are fought to achieve results that political leaders decide cannot be gained by persuasion, negotiation or threat....So it is curious that in all the hundreds of books on war and military history, the manner and results of war's end have seldom been addressed in a rigorous and systematic fashion."
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kling on March 7, 2011
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Not quite what I expected, but a good read, especially the item on Iraq. But, the book is good history. Perhaps a better read would be "How Wars End" by Gordon Rose.
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