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War: Controlling Escalation
War: Controlling Escalation
By Richard Smoke
Harvard University Press, 1978, 419 pp.

Building on the previous classics in this field by Schelling and Kahn, Richard Smoke has written perhaps the finest study to date of the dynamics of escalation. In a perfect example of focused, comprehensive analysis, he combines a well-defined research method with historical case studies and derives important conclusions. The result is conceptually rigorous, scholastically brilliant, and analytically a major contribution.