Utility of Force The Art of War in the Modern World

ISBN-10: 0307278115
ISBN-13: 9780307278111
Edition: N/A
Authors: Rupert Smith
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

From a highly decorated general, a brilliant new way of understanding war and its role in the twenty-first century. Drawing on his vast experience as a commander during the first Gulf War, and in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland, General Rupert Smith gives us a probing analysis of modern war. He demonstrates why today’s conflicts must be understood as intertwined political and military events, and makes clear why the current model of total war has failed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other recent campaigns. Smith offers a compelling contemporary vision for how to secure our world and the consequences of ignoring the new, shifting face of war.

Rupert Smith writes regularly on television and the arts for the Guardian, Radio Times and many other publications. He is the author of several books, including A Year at Kew and the novels I Must Confess, Fly on the Wall and Service Wash.

Preface
Introduction: Understanding Force
Interstate Industrial War
Foundation: From Napoleon to Clausewitz
Development: Iron, Steam and Mass
Culmination: The World Wars
The Cold War Confrontation
Antithesis: From Guerrillas to Anarchists to Mao
Confrontation and Conflict: A New Purpose for the Use of Force
Capabilities: The Search for a New Way
War Amongst the People
Trends: Our Modern Operations
Direction: Setting the Purpose for the Use of Force
Bosnia: Using Force Amongst the People
Conclusion: What Is to Be Done?
Index

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