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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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.

May 17, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please don’t oc me. Harvard University Press- History – pages.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Read, highlight, and take notes, logc web, tablet, and phone. The Logic of War and Peace Strategy: 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.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace – Edward N. Luttwak – Google Books

In one telling example, Luttwak shows the paradoxes of economies of scale applied to military technology. Clausewitz would blush in envy, although many of his ideas are a hyper complex version of some points made by Clausewitz. Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U. Jul 31, Nlk marked it as to-read. Overall, Luttwak is a realist in his own right, despite his digs at Waltz and systemic realists.


Return to Book Page. In fact, he tells us, a world in which strategy is being constantly shaped and projected, actively as in war or more deceptively as the grand strategy of winning the peace, is a normal world.

Every page, however, introduces a new concept or principle, building on those that have come previously. Recognize that every victory comes at a high enough cost that an immediate subsequent defeat is possible. An incredible tour de force that examines the paradoxical trade-offs of military campaigns. 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.

Negotiating ends to war might be worse than fighting to the bitter conclusion.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. NGOs often wind up supporting the very conflict they oppose, as logkc Somalia, by purchasing protection from the local war bands.

Strategy is an ever-present condition whenever there are relations between nations, whether friendly or hostile. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace – Edward Luttwak – Google Books

As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. He also criticizes relatively well paid and well supported NATO troops as being hampered by being both overly cautious and bureaucratic. He is chairman of the board of Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited APFLan avia Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, and historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations.


It is written in simple English, presented clearly enough for even this Arts graduate to understand. 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 to resort to brute force.

Not as good as his first magnum opus, Coup d’etat. War is arguably the greatest Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.

War is arguably the greatest tragedy of our species; it is the uniform event that diverse cultures use to punctuate their courses of history.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

Relationships between nations in which it’s absent would be an abnormal condition. These case studies and historical examples lend themselves to a quasi-social scientific framework reminiscent of Llogic and May.

These are just a few of the fascinating ideas and issues Luttwak deals with. Open Preview See a Problem? In spite of altruistic intentions they are unable to protect the weak and often provide cover for insurgents.

France’s determination to construct a fortification line to decrease the number of casualties in a potential war with Germany was more than understandable, yet it persuaded German forces to invade France from Belgium.