Fighting for the Future: Will America Triumph?

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Overview

A highly acclaimed military strategist, writer, and lecturer challenges America's military leaders to recognize and prepare for new and dangerous challenges to America's freedom.
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Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
[Ralph Peters is] considered to be one of the best military minds of his generation.
Washington Post
Few have been more provocative or more diligent in pursuit of large and difficult truths...a strong and clarifying case for radical policy review.
Ernest Blazar
Peters takes aim at a number of targets....[as] he attempts to chart the likely global security landscape of the early 21st century and cattle prod the United States into being prepared for the challenges....Peters clearly has a fertile imagination -- one that...hits more worthy targets that it misses.
The Washington Monthly
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of essays by top-selling Peters, author of A Perfect Soldier (1995). Reprinted from such military-science publications as Parameters, Army Times, and Strategic Review, these essays pose major questions about America's military preparedness to fight the type of conflicts likely to arise in the 21st century, those involving terrorist organizations (both independent and state-sponsored), ethnic strife, and an emerging Third World. Peters examines such possibilities with a sharp eye and then considers the ways in which the American armed forces are preparing to fight them. While his analysis is cogent, his conclusions—for example, that the spectacularly expensive weapons systems being produced today are designed to combat Cold War enemies that no longer exist—are hardly as shocking or controversial as he himself would have the reader believe. (In fact, as long as there has been a military, there have been critics to point out flaws in preparedness.) While Peters is a reasonably proficient writer, his essays are marred by trite epigrams placed throughout the text, offering such no-brainer musings as "Revolutions happen, above all, in the minds of men" and "If there is a single power the West underestimates, it is the power of collective hatred." When the author gets down to specific topics, such as the future of armored warfare or soldiering in an urban environment, he is at his best; unfortunately these sections form only a small portion of the book. And Peters's prose is pedantic, cliché-ridden, and repetitive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811706513
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Fox News Strategic Analyst Ralph Peters is the author of 27 books, including bestselling and prize-winning novels. He has experience in over 70 countries and, as a journalist, has covered multiple conflicts. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications and he serves on the advisory board of Armchair General magazine. He lives in Virginia.
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Authors should write, then shut up. Praise, if deserved, is best left to readers and critics. I will say only that, after the events of September 11, 2001, I would not change one word in Fighting for the Future: Will America Triumph? This has nothing to do with being visionary. It is only that, while others busied themselves with library research and theories, my comrades and I served in dozens of countries -- or their ruins -- where comforting notions about the goodness of humanity or the triumph of democracy lay bleeding. The essays in this book, written between 1993 and 1998, simply reported realities obvious to anyone who left the campus or the halls of government long enough to look firsthand at the domains of gunmen, greed, historical grudges, religious extremism, and ethnic hatreds. I told what I saw, which was sufficient to outrage those convinced that a clearer view of the world might be had from the liberal-arts faculty than from the front.

But on to more important matters: Despite the thousands of personal tragedies and the blow to our national pride (and economy) that came to us on September 11, 2001, I believe that history's ironic law of unintended consequences is at work. While Osama bin Laden and his disciples hoped to bring America to her knees, the unexpected result has been to make her citizens stand up taller than we have in decades. Rather than inciting panic, the attacks brought Americans together and healed old wounds, making us all aware, once again, of how precious a gift it is to be an American.

We also regained a critical sobriety regarding global realities that will serve us well in the years ahead. The world is an often brutal place. In far too many regions, bullies and bigots hold sway. Instead of responding with cowardice, we, the People, responded to the September 11th attacks with courage and resolve. We have a clarified sense of purpose. I do not anticipate the demise of evil -- inherent in humankind, as every major religion warns -- but I am confident that we are now better prepared to deal with evil when it confronts us. The "new warrior class" will, ultimately, be no match for freedom, tolerance, democracy, American capitalism, American creativity -- and our superb armed forces. Our struggle will be long. It will extend far beyond Afghanistan in time and space. But we will prevail. (Ralph Peters)

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