- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Belknap Press; Revised edition (January 31, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674007034
- ISBN-13: 978-0674007031
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Luttwak's...purpose is to make us think about what to all too many Americans has become the unthinkable. And here he has succeeded magnificently. For peacemakers and warmakers alike, Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace is essential reading. (Harry G. Summers, Jr. New York Times Book Review)
Fascinating...Luttwak succeeds admirably in revealing the complex and invariably contradictory relationship between the various levels of strategic action; our grasp of the process of conflict is correspondingly enhanced and the reader left properly skeptical about claims that his or that technical innovation will provide an ultimate and foolproof defense. Luttwak's achievement is therefore considerable: Like his mentor Clausewitz he has recognized that the study of war cannot be subject to the 'intellectual codification used in the [mechanical] arts and sciences.' Rather, it requires philosophical rigour and historical understanding of a kind rarely found in the narrow, ahistorical world of the scenario builder. These intellectual virtues are abundantly present in this book, and teacher and student alike can only benefit from a close reading and assessment of its central hypothesis. (J. E. Spence Times Higher Education Supplement)
If Edward Luttwak does not always persuade, he always provokes. In this superb book, one that will become a classic of strategy, he does both...His definitions of five levels of strategy are enriching and his historical examples fascinating. (Gregory F. Treverton Foreign Affairs)
A tour de force, brilliant...[Luttwak] has tried to demystify matters military, renouncing its jargon and macho banalities, and making it accessible to anyone willing to read--and to think. (Leonard Bushkoff Christian Science Monitor) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Knowledgeable, historically informed, acid, blunt. Like or dislike Luttwak's merciless style, agree or disagree with his uninhibited judgments, his book is an immense contribution to the understanding of strategy--the interplay of adversaries that threaten or use force to resolve their conflicts. (Thomas C. Schelling, Harvard University) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yes, I learned a lot from it.
Turning to sf writers, Luttwak raises two points they should especially consider. First, many an sf story involves an ultimate technology, a technology to end history, which gives its first wielder an insurmountable and eternal advantage. (H.G. Wells' "The Land Ironclads" is one of the first, but nowhere near the last). Luttwak's discussion of the levels of strategy, working up from the technical to the tactical, operational, theater, and grand-strategic levels, with all the ways a technically "best" action can be negated by an opponent, demolishes the "technology that ends history" subgenre of sf.
Second, wise strategic thinking takes into account the workings of the opponent's mind, and because we have incomplete intelligence and understanding of our opponents, wars break out more often than they would in a world of perfect knowledge. When writing about strategic contests involving non-human minds, whether aliens, robots, or something else, the greater difficulty to understanding such minds suggests armed suasion would be less predictable, war more likely to break out, and peace even more of a worthy achievement.
Luttwak notes that modern industrial societies will not tolerate casualties in war, and that therefore battlefield strategies must focus on winning wars without direct contact with the enemy and without risk of lives. He claims that while the strategic bombing of WW II was a failure, strategic bombing as practised in Iraq in 1991 and in Kossovo was a success. According to Luttwak, the difference is more accurate intelligence and more accurate bombing - not necessarily cruise-missiles.
He points out that with a smaller expenditure of bombs in 1 month in 1991 than the allies had expended in Germany in 1945, the coalition succeeding in totally disrupting Iraq communications and industry.
The outlines of how the next war ought to be fought, and in fact was fought, were clear from Luttwak's presentation. One almost gets the feeling that the war was fought to prove his theory, and it is very likely that changes in US defense policy are being based on lessons drawn from the success of the war, in the light of Luttwak's recommendations.
Luttwak does not take into account that not all enemies are equal. The strategy that worked so well for Iraq might not work for a more organized and determined foe such as North Korea.
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