Michael Keane's in-depth collection of terms dealing with modern strategy and tactics is both impressive and engaging. While other works remain focused on nuclear strategy or the Cold War, the thrust here is on modern terminologysuch things as "axis of evil," "CNN effect," and "military operations other than war." Historical examples supplement the definitions and quotes from leading strategic thinkers provide further insights. While the contents are professional and accurate, the author is not afraid to inject relevant humor and color to make the book enjoyable to read as well as edifying. It is sure to be a welcome reference for defense strategists and concerned citizens alike.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Michael Keane is a lecturer on strategy at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He is also a Fellow of the Department of Defense's National Security Education Program.
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'Battles are won through the ability of men to express concrete ideas in clear and unmistakable language.' Michael Keane's book opens with this quote from Brig. Gen. SLA Marshall and the entire work is supplemented with similarly powerful quotes used to highlight important strategic terminology. But does anybody really read a dictionary from cover to cover? Well, this one is an exception. It is so much more than an ordinary lexicon ¿ it combines a dictionary, a book of quotations and an encyclopedia of battles. The author's definitions and descriptions are thorough, informative, and entertaining. This is well worth the time and money if you are interested in military strategy, history or current events. The author is a strategist who lectures at the Marshall School of Business at USC. He was embedded in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and also spent a year in Vietnam on a fellowship with the Department of Defense. Words go to war as surely as soldiers do, the author writes in his preface, which is an eloquent statement of the importance of language in conflict.