“One of the most important books on modern warfare in the last decade. We would be better off if the United States had a few more generals like him.” —The Washington Post Book World
“An impressive and absorbing work of military analysis. . . . Smith is the Clausewitz of low-intensity conflict and peacekeeping operations. . . . He brilliantly lays bare the newfound limits of Western military power.” —The New York Times Book Review
“It is hard to overstate the devastating nature of this book as an indictment of almost everything the West has done in recent years, and is doing today.” —The Sunday Telegraph
“A closely argued, searching textbook on strategy and the efficient use of military power in the post-Cold War era.” —The New York Times
This is a book of genberally valid theory, rather than enumeration of specific cases.
In the interim, the best we can hope for is to READ THIS BOOK, get informed, and tell our fellow citizens about a new way of waging war.
General Rupert Smith has written an essential introduction here to the problems and paradoxes of modern warfare.
I have read countless books on military history, and combat tactics and this one really takes the cake for what it is intended for. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tryggvi Hjaltason
A great read. Should be mandatory reading for future General level officers in our military as they shape the force for future challenges and advise their political counter-parts... Read morePublished 3 months ago by BlueSkies82
a very interesting perspective on his experience. I was once briefed by him at a NATO meeting on the Kosovo region conflict and finally the whole situation made sense once he drew... Read morePublished 4 months ago by erojo
This book provides a good summary of the nature of the use of military power in the international system since the 19th century. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James
Mr. Rupert Smith's book's an easy read, very coherently organised and provides a general picture of the state of military affairs today, making a sound use of Kuhn's paradigm... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fernando Belmonte Archetti
This book is fundamental reading for all those who study military strategy or geopolitics. Many costly mistakes would have been avoided if only some of our military leader had read... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tuxaua Linhares