- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: February 2021
- Print publication year: 2021
- Online ISBN: 9781316135730
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316135730
Antulio J. Echevarria II reveals how successive generations of American strategic theorists have thought about war. Analyzing the work of Alfred Thayer Mahan, Billy Mitchell, Bernard Brodie, Robert Osgood, Thomas Schelling, Herman Kahn, Henry Eccles, Joseph Wiley, Harry Summers, John Boyd, William Lind, and John Warden, he uncovers the logic that underpinned each theorist's critical concepts, core principles, and basic assumptions about the nature and character of war. In so doing, he identifies four paradigms of war's nature - traditional, modern, political, and materialist - that have shaped American strategic thought. If war's logic is political, as Carl von Clausewitz said, then so too is thinking about war.
Frank G. Hoffman - author of Mars Adapting: Military Change in War (forthcoming)
Lawrence Freedman - author of Strategy: A History
Peter R. Mansoor - author of Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War
Nadia Schadlow - author of War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory
Patricia M. Shields - Editor-in-Chief of Armed Forces & Society
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