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 – Edward Luttwak – Google Books

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

Feb 04, Dale rated it it was ok Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. In the preface, Luttwak explains: It is a survey of how wars are wzr and lost, and Luttwak manages to draw essential lessons out of every example, all the while peppering the work with his own dry, Clauswitz-ian wit.

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

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. Sometimes the best tech is the lowest; every tech will meet a countertech and your super-advanced modern wonder might be undone by something cheap and off-the-shelf.


This book is essential for anyone interested in understanding warfare or conflicts. As victory is turned into defeat by outtwak, as war brings peace by exhaustion, ordinary linear logic is overthrown. The Logic of War and Peace, is one of the most studied and influential on the subject. Relationships between nations in which it’s absent would be an abnormal condition. Open Preview See a Problem?

Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

Nov 02, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. Strxtegy Nicolae Luttwak is a military strategist, political scientist, and historian who has published works on military strategy, history, and international relations. 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.

Mar 02, Jonathon Dyer rated it really liked it Shelves: PaperbackEnlarged, Revisedpages. War is arguably the greatest tragedy of our species; it is the uniform event that diverse cultures use to punctuate their courses of history. Negotiating ends to war might be worse than fighting to the bitter conclusion. He also provides lpgic services to governments and international enterprises including various branches of the U. Dec 09, Ferhat Culfaz rated it liked it. But equally paradoxical is that the resulting peace creates war loigc breeding conditions in which advantage must be sought, strategies developed to persuade and dissuade, and the peace won even if war has to be resorted to.

Strategy is an ever-present condition whenever there are relations between nations, whether friendly or hostile. Victor rated it liked it Mar 20, He’s written many books on strategy and this, Strategy: Overall, Luttwak is a realist in his own right, despite his digs at Waltz and systemic realists. Without that knowledge, it’s hard to follow the author’s point.


If strategy’s always present and actively practiced, however, he says not everyone understands its paradoxical nature. He is a game theorist in his own right, too, but with an understanding of the irrationality of the game. Yet edwarx greater production possibilities for a given weapon leads to greater exposure for enemies who ultimately adapt, thereby undermining its effectiveness.

It is a formidable work. 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. George Mchenry rated it liked it Jul 06, It’s like borders, like the distinctions of languages, it always exists. 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 xnd peace, is a normal world.

Sep 02, Kristyna rated it it was amazing. Also, I’m pretty loogic that the author doesn’t know what the word “paradox” means. The long term message: