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Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crises

Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crises

By Richard K. Betts

Harvard University Press, 1977, 320 pp.

An excellent use of analysis to separate policy fact from speculative fiction, disproving the widely held assumption that military professionals are more aggressive than civilian leaders in advocating the use of force. The study concludes that military advice has been most influential when it has counseled against military intervention. An extremely important study for Washington officials and students of defense policy.