Luttwak’s become the unthinkable. And here he has succeeded magnificently. For peacemakers and warmakers alike”. — Harry G. Summers, Jr., New York. 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. He may. 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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Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

Negotiating ends to war might be worse than fighting to the bitter conclusion. The latter introduces an idea, also against a common sense logic, that the most powerful states, militarily, technologically and economically, are no longer able to defeat their weaker opponents because of development — when death among young people becomes uncommon and parents expect all their children to reach retirement, justifying casualties becomes difficult for any government.

The book covers every conceivable aspect of making war in the abstract illustrated with copious examples of successes and failures.

Luttwak notes that these factors are realities of human existence, but still historians should view each conflict as unique in its own right.

This book is highly recommended. Books by Edward N. Nov 02, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. In kuttwak telling example, Luttwak shows the paradoxes of economies of scale applied to military technology.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace by Edward N. Luttwak

Social Relevance 2 3. The book is an excellent read. Mass conflict has always featured as a foundation-stone of the human endeavor, and an all too quick recourse when negotiation fails or offence is taken. He also provides consulting services to governments and international enterprises including various branches of the U. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Other editions – View all Strategy: 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. In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, Strategy goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict.

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. 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.

I read the opening chapter during my university studies in the past, and 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. It can appear when a seemingly unreasonable decision results in the best potential outcome, as seen in Hannibal’s determination to march over the Alps, which proved incredibly costly, yet it surprised Romans, leaving them unable to use their capabilities to their full potential.

Edward Luttwak has an incredibly ability to rock the strategic Casbah. Lutttwak takes the examination of strategy to a level not seen since Clausewitz, and much more readable. I believe I learned more from reading these pages than any book I’ve read recently. An Imprint of Harvard University Press first published Harvard University Press Amazon.

Aug 06, Phoenix rated it it was amazing Shelves: He has nothing but scorn for UN “blue helmets” who are both under-trained and underpaid, have no incentive to risk their lives in order to fulfill their mission and who are often on the take to supplement their salaries. The book is the equivalent of a full course in the subject of Strategy and should be of interest to both the military historian as well as anyone who has to realistically deal managing scarce time and resources One of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read in a long long time!


Refresh and try again. Not as good as his first magnum opus, Coup d’etat. The greatest captains of military history, from Alexander the Great to Napoleon and beyond, were all defeated by less famous enemies, just as the brilliant Rommel was defeated by the infinitely mediocre Montgomery. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jon-Erik rated it it was amazing Mar 06, Jul 31, Nlk marked it as to-read. 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.

Nov 29, Henry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 07, Adam Halley rated it it was amazing. In this widely acclaimed work, now revised and expanded, L “If you want peace, prepare for war.

Dec 09, Ferhat Culfaz rated it liked it. The analogy would be keeping a dying person on life support and in pain for months and years on end. Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, and loigc who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations.

The first three levels are relatively small in scale, while the latter two levels are much broader in operational and planning scope. Feb 04, Dale rated it it was ok Shelves: Prospective captains of industry should perhaps stick to Sun-Tzu.