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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It can appear between different levels of war, when the right tactical decision may result i Welcome to the world of a paradoxical logic, where war facilitates peace by destroying state’s means to engage in a conflict and peace breeds war by making the state powerful and daring enough strateggy resort to brute force. References to this book International Relations Then and Now: Luttwak spends considerable time writing about the importance of persuasion and dissuasion through military power, the importance of harmony in the relation of vertical strategy military operations to horizontal diplomacy, propaganda, public opinion.

Such insights wash away the illusion of peaceful coexistence over the longue duree. If strategy’s always present and actively practiced, however, he says not everyone understands its paradoxical nature. It is possible to lose because of the costs of a successful defense. Did I mention it te exhaustive?

The book covers every conceivable aspect of making war in the abstract illustrated with copious examples of successes and failures. Other editions – View all Strategy: Sep 02, Kristyna rated it it was amazing. He is a game theorist in his own right, too, but with an understanding of the irrationality of the game. One of the paradoxes of war, he tells us, is that it creates peace by destroying the means necessary to engage in combat.

Please don’t misunderstand me.

He discusses the pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrati Bravo! These are just a few of the fascinating ideas and issues Luttwak deals with. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


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. Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U. Such definitions are laid out with precise examples in clearly divided chapters.

The middle section of the book deals with the technical, tactical and operational concerns of military strategy as they apply in offense, defense and in interaction with the political sphere. In this work he writes a compelling plucky little book on a number of strategic concepts and the nature of strategy overall.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

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. Not as good as his first magnum opus, Coup d’etat.

Harvard University Press Amazon. In one telling example, Luttwak shows the paradoxes of economies of scale applied to military technology. I believe Strategy achieves what the author set out to do. Just a moment while we peave you in to your Goodreads account. Having participated in its planning, Luttwak examines the role of air power in the Gulf War, then detects the emergence of “post-heroic” war in Kosovo in an American war in which not a single American soldier was killed.

I first encountered Luttwak many years ago through a book he wrote about the grand strategy of the Roman Empire. I read this because I’m something of a student of history and several respected voices have recommend it to me over the years.

Harvard University Press- History – pages. However, if you are a student of international relations, history, or security studies, I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Negotiating ends to war might be worse than fighting to the bitter conclusion. Aug 06, Phoenix rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read Interesting book covering Grand strategy: I read the opening chapter during my university studies in the past, waf I am happy that now I am out of school, I had the chance to finish the book and comprehend Luttwak’s argument in its entirety.


I am no fan of war, but I am convinced that its study and comprehension is crucial if future conflicts are to be avoided, or at least curtailed or foreshortened.

Apr 18, Billy rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Strategyplease sign up. It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always exists. Account Options Sign in.

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He cites several examples in Bosnia where a fleet of expensive Apache helicopters brought in to deal with insurgents could not be deployed Luttwak sees war as an exhaustive process that eventually comes to a conclusion – and that NGOs interfere with and cruelly prolong the suffering of war.

Citing strztegy 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 startegy 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.

The game may be rigged for war if both sides want peace but know that their pursuit of it would incentivize the other side to seek dominance.

Luttwak’s conviction was later confirmed by several quantitative studies, including Monica Duffy Toft’s article Ending Civil Wars: The Logic of War and Peace Strategy: