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How Wars End
“This is a brilliant book on an important subject. Americans are always disappointed with the outcomes of wars and the troubled peaces that follow. Gideon Rose explains that this is because of the way we think—or don't think—about war and peace. The book is a masterpiece of historical analysis with lessons for our strategy in Afghanistan and beyond.”
--Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World and editor of Newsweek International
“Gideon Rose’s wise, trenchant review of the last century of world conflict is one of the startlingly rare books that gets the connection between war and politics, means and ends.”
--Fred Kaplan, “War Stories” columnist, Slate
“Fred Ikle’s 1971 book Every War Must End has influenced analysts and policymakers for decades. Gideon Rose’s How Wars End is likely to be just as influential for generations to come. You may think you know something about the wars he writes about, but you are guaranteed to learn something new here. Rose is always accurate and fair, neither sycophantic nor unduly scathing. This is a book that should be read by everyone involved in military planning--and everyone affected by the decisions those planners make.”
--Max Boot, the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New
“In his trenchant study of how difficult it was to end wars in the past century, Gideon Rose draws fresh and persuasive lessons for how to define and achieve U.S. interests, both in Afghanistan and in the face of future challenges. A timely and important work.”
--Strobe Talbott, author of The Great Experiment and president of Brookings Institution
“By focusing on the intricate, often overlooked endgames of conflicts, Gideon Rose makes a compelling case that the unintended consequences of wars have overwhelmed even the best-intentioned plans of American leaders. Every top official contemplating military action should read this terrific book—and take its lessons to heart.”
--Andrew Nagorski, author of The Greatest Battle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Anyone who thinks they have an answer (or anyone who is at a loss) should read this excellent new book.
The most important contribution of "How Wars End" is its sketching of a grand strategy of pacification that has run through 20th-century U.S. foreign policy.
The historical insights are excellent and present a side of war not usually highlighted, its last gasps and the fragile first steps to peace.
As many other reviewers have stated, Gideon Rose's How Wars End is an engrossing book that does not discuss how the United States fights wars, but discusses how it fights the peace... Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Marc Korman
There's nothing grand and earthshaking here, but Rose does a good job of summarizing the basic issue of the the title from a "why" perspective. Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by S. J. Snyder
Gideon Rose's "How Wars End" is an easily read review of America's 20th Century wars and the conditions of their conclusion. Mr. Read morePublished on August 25, 2011 by Ellis Hopkins
Utilizing the theories of Prussian General and theorist on war, Carl Von Clausewitz and starting with references to the Iraq war of post 9-11, Rose evaluate and comments on all... Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by Daniel Hurley
America should stop worrying about winning the first battle - in fact, America should plan for the end before it starts to plan to start a war and Rose does a great job of... Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Charlie
As the title describes, Rose gives the reader an unbiased primer on the American experience of several conflicts end. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by Richard F Ganske