War: Ends and Means

War: Ends and Means

by Paul Seabury, Angelo Codevilla
     
 

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In the tradition of Clausewitz and Machiavelli, two distinguished scholars explore every aspect of war: its causes, methods, endings, and justifications--and along the way demolish many current myths about war and peace.  See more details below

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In the tradition of Clausewitz and Machiavelli, two distinguished scholars explore every aspect of war: its causes, methods, endings, and justifications--and along the way demolish many current myths about war and peace.

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Library Journal
War can be preferable to peace: This is the unconventional argument of Seabury, a political scientist at Berkeley, and Codevilla, a Research Fellow of the Hoover Institute. Their smoothly written monograph surveys war's causes and discusses how wars are fought. Its major contribution, however, is its development of the thesis that human intercourse produces objective circumstances in which kill or be killed becomes the best option. Since 1900 three times as many lives have been lost as a result of shootings, gassings, and famines inflicted on defenseless victims than have been sacrificed to military operations. In this context the kinds of war a nation will fight depends less on the material factors stressed in such works as Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (LJ 12/87) than on the kinds of peace leaders and people believe available and are willing to accept. A controversial but persuasive book. Recommended.-- Dennis Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
Booknews
On the aspect of war: its causes, methods, endings and justifications. Includes discussions of the judgements involved in going to war, combat operations, intelligence gathering, and making peace. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"This book was important when we were not at war. Now that we are locked in combat--political, ideological, and military--against terrorists determined to destroy our civilization, Angelo Codevilla’s sweeping, incisive treatment of mankind’s most persistent scourge is essential reading."

"A uniquely valuable commentary on war when it first came out, this book became a mainstay of my graduate students’ education until it went out of print. Now, thankfully, it is back, updated and enhanced by Professor Codevilla so that it is even better. While retaining its timeless parts, there is much new material containing keen insights on post-1991 events and current warfare. It should be indispensable to students of the subject."

PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION

"Dispels any number of misconceptions about the causes of wars and is shrewd in its analysis of the relationship between strategy and operations."

"A wide-ranging, literate, and insightful work."

"A provocative review of the many verities about war."

"An astonishing achievement of compression . . . a one-volume book on warfare that is actually instructive."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465090679
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/01/1989
Pages:
320

Meet the Author

Angelo Codevilla is a professor of international relations at Boston University and the author of The Character of Nations, among other works. He lives in Wayland, Massachusetts.

The late Paul Seabury was a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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