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The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective Hardcover – January 20, 2014
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"A very thoughtful, enormously stimulating, and hugely thought-provoking examination of the strategies, concepts, and civil-military relationships that have influenced the character of war in the twenty-first century."
General David H. Petraeus, former Commander of United States Central Command and Commanding General of the Multi-National Force - Iraq and the NATO International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan
"Another masterpiece from the foremost military academic of our generation. If you want to understand strategy, just read this book!"
General Sir David Richards GCB CBE DSO, former Chief of Defence Staff
"Unparalleled in historic depth of argument, a surprising yet seductive view on whether modern war should bend to the demands of politics, or politics to the needs of war."
Jan Willem Honig, King's College London
"Strachan's historical analyses are a valuable addition to the literature on strategy. He invites the reader to think carefully about what we think we know and understand about strategy, and, perhaps more significantly, why we understand and think about strategy the way we do today."
Terry Terriff, University of Calgary
"A valuable book tracing an esteemed scholar's contributions to contemporary strategic thinking."
Antulio Echevarria, Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College
"... extremely well written ..."
Jerry Lenaburg, New York Journal of Books
"[Strachan's] insistence on Clausewitzian exactitude produces a uniquely incisive assessment of key moments in America's twenty-first-century wars that may be particularly valuable to American leadership as it leaves them behind."
Foreign Policy's 'The Best Defense' blog
"... offers much good sense."
Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs
The West's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been seen as strategic failures resulting from a lack of consistent direction, of effective communication, and of governmental coordination. Leading military historian Sir Hew Strachan argues here that these failures resulted from a fundamental misreading and misapplication of strategy itself.
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I retired with 24 years on active duty and spent 15 more working in PMC's working in austere and conflict environments. THIS book is long overdue.
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