Strategy. The Logic of War and Peace, Revised and Enlarged Edition Edward Luttwak shows—they exemplify the paradoxical logic that pervades the entire. “If you want peace, prepare for war.” “A buildup of offensive weapons can be purely defensive.” “The worst road may be the best route to battle.” Strategy is made. Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace rev. and enlarged ed. by Edward N. Luttwak Cambridge, MA: The Belknap. Press of Harvard University Press,

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The Logic of War and Peace, is one of the most studied and influential on the subject. The first three levels are relatively small in scale, while the latter two levels are much broader in operational and planning scope. He then offers advice on five distinct levels of strategy: Lists with This Book.

CzadaReinhard Zintl No preview available – Trent rated it it was amazing Jul 09, In one telling example, Luttwak shows the paradoxes of economies of scale applied to military technology. The last section deals with “Grand Strategy” wherein a military command integrates the different sub-strategies of its forces with the national and international goals that they serve. It is by far one of the best general introductions to the different levels of warfare: Citing examples from ancient Rome to our own days, from Barbarossa and Pearl Harbor down to minor combat affrays, from the strategy of peace to the latest operational methods of war, this book by one of the world’s foremost authorities reveals the ultimate logic of military failure and success, of war and peace.

It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always e I first encountered Luttwak many years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. The author considers the use of the availability of force as a tool of persuasion, where it pexce effective, strstegy where it is not.


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It is written in simple English, wzr clearly enough for even this Arts graduate to understand. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Refresh and try again.

And when a state is more concerned with keeping its soldiers alive than with winning a war, Luttwak writes, military victories are hard to accomplish.

Harvard University Press- History – pages. His discussions on blitzkrieg, defensive depth, culmination points and guided vs unguided weaponry alone are worth the the price of admission. Because conflict is inevitable, peace is merely a precursor to future engagements.

Readers may find that it explains the twists and turns of history more persuasively and with fewer discrepancies than mere common sense, wra of course the only real test of any theory is its ability to predict, given enough information. On p67, Luttwak overlaps with Schelling’s Arms and Influence, noting that nuclear weapons have removed optimism from war, so that balance doesn’t have to be experienced to be accepted, at least in terms of nuclear capabilities.

Prospective captains of industry should perhaps stick to Sun-Tzu. Groom No preview available – These case studies and historical ;eace lend themselves to a quasi-social scientific framework reminiscent of Neustadt and May. The former discusses the point that by interrupting conflicts and demanding peace treaties to be signed before the war reaches its natural end, we are only prolonging the conflict by letting all sides rearm.

It can appear between different levels of war, when the right tactical decision may result in the worst operational outcome, as seen in the case of French soldiers who abandoned their positions in May to stop a limited German offensive, only to be taken aback by a full force attack.


A Logic of War and Peace is not a book for everyone — it is not always easy to read, and it demands a basic understanding of strategy from its readers. This is for my history class on Germany’s response to its own wartime atrocities.

The middle section of the book deals with the technical, wqr and operational concerns of military strategy as they apply in offense, defense and in interaction with yhe political sphere. Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means. Jon-Erik rated it it was amazing Mar 06, He’s written many books on strategy and this, Strategy: Theory can only suggest how their decisions should be made: In the preface, Luttwak explains: Such definitions are laid out with precise examples in clearly divided chapters.

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War is arguably the greatest Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is annd continuation of politics by other means. PaperbackEnlarged, Revisedpages. Luttwak presents as a central thesis that all war and peace is paradoxical. Edward Luttwak has an incredibly ability to rock the strategic Casbah. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

Sep 04, Jennifer Taw rated it really liked it. Most of the time successful strategy creates conditions which may be, eventually, unfavorable. Harvard University Press Amazon.