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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He also criticizes relatively well paid and well supported NATO troops as being hampered by being both overly cautious and bureaucratic. Humanitarian assistance is anything but. 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.

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

Because conflict is inevitable, peace is merely a precursor to future engagements. 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. He discusses the pros and cons of using the element of surprise, the irrationality of over-expenditures on nuclear weapons, over-preparation, implementing new technologies, being over or under cautious.

Navy United vehicles victory vulnerable warfare. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Citing examples from ancient Rome to teh 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.

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!


Edward Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, and historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations. 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 stratsgy, is a normal world.

Thach Ton rated it did not like it Apr 07, It is written in simple English, presented clearly enough for even this Arts graduate to understand. As you advance into your success your resources are depleted and your strength dissipated while your enemy’s becomes more consolidated. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I loved Liddell Hart. I believe Strategy achieves what the author set out to do.

Harvard University Press Loguc. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Luttwak takes the examination of strategy to a level not seen since Clausewitz, and much more readable.

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. Technological efficiency can be easily measured, helping decision makers pursue the most economical and effective weapons the ratio of input to output. Nikita rated it it was amazing Mar 03, As victory is turned into defeat by over-extension, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown.

The greatest virtue of war is that, in destruction, it consumes the ability to continue it indefinitely Sep 02, Kristyna rated it it was amazing.

Not as good as his first magnum opus, Coup d’etat. Did I mention it was exhaustive? Overall, Luttwak is a realist in his own right, despite his digs at Waltz and systemic realists. He also provides consulting services to governments and international enterprises including various branches of the U.

Books by Edward N. The book is an excellent read. May 17, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is highly recommended. 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. Interesting book covering Grand strategy: Without that knowledge, it’s hard to follow the author’s point.

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This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. The first paragraph of the last chapter of this book on strategy some a up Grand Strategy logiic In the tradition of Carl von Clausewitz, Strategy goes beyond paradox to expose the dynamics of reversal at work in the crucible of conflict.

These case studies and historical examples lend themselves to a quasi-social scientific framework edard of Neustadt and May. Every page, however, introduces a new concept or principle, building on those that have come previously. PaperbackEnlarged, Revisedpages.

In the preface, Luttwak explains: Department of Defense and for the U. An incredible tour de force that examines the paradoxical trade-offs of military campaigns. Strategic decisions must encompass five levels of analysis Vertical Dimension: He’s written many books on strategy and this, Strategy: It’s Luttwak’s idea that peacr is being constantly practiced.

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

Sparks Emotion tue To Luttwak, conflict is inevitable. Strategy is an ever-present condition whenever there are relations between nations, whether friendly or hostile.

Published January 31st pesce Belknap Press: To be sure, Luttwak thought about and engaged in the nuclear debates of the day. 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.