Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy

Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy Author Colin S. Gray
ISBN-10 1597973076
ISBN-13 9781597973076
Year 2009-08-01
Pages 208
Language English
Publisher Potomac Books
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Colin Gray presents an inventive treatise on the nature of strategy war and peace organized around forty maxims This collection of mini essays will forearm politicians soldiers and the attentive general public against manyprobably most fallacies that abound in contemporary debates about war peace and security While one can never guarantee strategic success which depends on policy military prowess and the quality of the dialogue between the two a strategic education led by the judgments in these maxims increases the chances that ones errors will be small rather than catastrophic The maxims are grouped according to five clusters War and Peace tackles the larger issues of strategic history that drive the demand for the services of strategic thought and practice Strategy presses further into the realm of strategic behavior and serves as a bridge between the political focus of part one and the military concerns that follow Military Power and Warfare turns to the pragmatic business of military performance operations tactics and logistics Part four Security and Insecurity examines why strategy is important including a discussion of the nature dynamic character and functioning of world politics Finally History and the Future is meant to help strategists better understand the processes of historical change

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