The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy / Edition 1

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"... a strong and stimulating book. It has no rival in either scope or quality. For libraries, history buffs, and armchair warriors, it is a must. For political science students, career diplomats, and officers in the armed services, its reading should be required." —History

"A particularly timely account." —Kansas City Times

"It reads easily but is not a popularized history... nor does the book become a history of battles.... Weigley’s analyses and interpretations are searching, competent, and useful." —Perspective

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253280299
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1977
  • Edition description: Indiana University Press Paperback Editi
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 138,030
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Table of Contents


Part One: Waging War With Limited Resources, 1775-1815

1 A Strategy of Attrition: George Washington

2 A Strategy of Partisan War: Nathanael Greene

3 The Federalists and the Jeffersonians

Part Two: Young America as a Military Power, 1815-1890

4 The Age of Winfield Scott

5 The Founding of American Strategic Studies: Dennis Hart Mahan and Henry Wager Halleck

6 Napoleonic Strategy: R.E. Lee and the Confederacy

7 A Strategy of Annihilation: U.S. Grant and the Union

8 Annihilation of a People: The Indian Fighters

Part Three: Introduction to World Power, 1890-1941

9 A Strategy of Sea Power and Empire: Stephen B. Luce and Alfred Thayer Mahan

10 Strategy and the Great War of 1914-1918

11 A Strategy of Air Power: Billy Mitchell

12 A Strategy for Pacific Ocean War: Naval Strategists of the 1920s and 1930s

Part Four: American Strategy in Global Triumph, 1941-1945

13 The Strategic Tradition of A.T. Mahan: Strategists of the Pacific War

14 The Strategic Tradition of U.S. Grant: Strategists of the European War

Part Five: American Strategy in Perplexity, 1945-

15 The Atomic Revolution

16 Old Strategies Revisited: Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall in the Korean War

17 Strategies of Deterrence and of Action: The Strategy Intellectuals

18 Strategies of Action Attempted: To the Vietnam War


Select Bibliography of American Writings on Military Strategy, Theoretical, and Historical


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