Virtual American Empire: War, Faith, and Power

Virtual American Empire: War, Faith, and Power

by Edward N. Luttwak
     
 

This is Edward Luttwak's third and arguably fi nest collection of essays. In a challenge to the intellectual backbone of those who write about peace as something one wishes into existence through mediation and good will, Luttwak's view of warfare is bracing: "An unpleasant truth, often overlooked, is that although war is a great evil, it does have

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This is Edward Luttwak's third and arguably fi nest collection of essays. In a challenge to the intellectual backbone of those who write about peace as something one wishes into existence through mediation and good will, Luttwak's view of warfare is bracing: "An unpleasant truth, often overlooked, is that although war is a great evil, it does have a great virtue: it can resolve political confl icts and lead to peace." Luttwak articulates positions shared by military fi gures and political heroes who have their feet on the ground rather than in the sand. He shares his thoughts in essays covering America at war and the new Bolshevism in Russia, ranging in place from the Middle East to Latin America and stops along the way to Byzantium. Luttwak examines military reform, great powers grown small, and drugs, crime and corruption as part of the common culture of the West. Th ough his message is sometimes delivered in a light tone, he is never foolish and never trivial.

Luttwak develops the bracing thesis that cease fi res and armistices in states of war, while sometimes inconclusive, are lesser evils than prospects for a nuclear meltdown. Even in arenas of geopolitical antagonism, neither Americans nor Russians have been inclined to intervene competitively in wars of lesser powers. As a consequence, intermittent war persists; and greater dangers to the world are averted. It is no exaggeration to compare Luttwak to Clausewitz in the nineteenth century and Herman Kahn in the twentieth century. Th is volume deserves to be read and digested by all who would understand contemporary geopolitics.

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From the Publisher
“That Ed Luttwak is a wholly original and provocative scholar is reason enough to pick up this collection of essays… [The book] is liberally sprinkled with concise reflections on military history that leave no doubt about the breadth and depth of Luttwak’s scholarship…Any reader with an ounce of curiosity will be happy to follow Edward Luttwak wherever he leads.” Ralph Hiitchens, The Journal of Military History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412810395
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
08/30/2009
Pages:
233
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Edward N. Luttwak is senior associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has served as a consultant to numerous government offices, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the US Department of State, the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Strategy and Politics, The Endangered American Dream, and Turbo-Capitalism: Winners and Losers in the Global Economy.

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