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Technology and the American Way of War Since 1945

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ISBN-13: 978-0231123372
ISBN-10: 023112337X
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Editorial Reviews


This is a practitioner's account of military equipment and weapons written with the insight of a historian of technology.

(Alex Roland Technology and Culture)

Mahnken's study helps to reveal our sometimes hidden preconceptions and core beliefs about technology and war.


This is a useful book and one that is certain to stimulate discussion of its important subject.

(Kenneth P. Werrell The Journal of Military History)


Thomas G. Mahnken tackles a large and multifaceted issue: the importance of technology to the American way of war; the development and use of technology by those responsible for waging war (the military services, in whom the American 'way of war' is culturally embedded); to what extent service culture has been prodded onto new paths by the promises of technology; and the impact of the global strategic environment on the shape and trajectory of technology. Of particular value is Mahnken's careful and reasonable discussion of the 'revolution in military affairs,' the transformative effect of information technology, and the Afghan model of war. His book successfully cuts to the core of these issues.

(Emily O. Goldman, codirector of the Joint Center for International and Security Studies at the University of California, Davis)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023112337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231123372
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Philip C. Gregory on August 27, 2009
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Overall a good summary of most of the developments, could have said more about Pershing 2, Patriot 3, satellite destroying missiles and unmanned drones. Author must have a Naval background. Documents the astounding success of weapon development that changed our approach to not only war but the requirements for a volunteer army. With weapons like these the draft doesn't work because of the training and retention required.
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