Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

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Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace

By Edward N. Luttwak
Harvard University Press, 1987
283 pp. $20.00
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If Edward Luttwak does not always persuade, he always provokes. In this superb book, one that will become a classic of strategy, he does both. He may overstate the uniqueness of his theme-that strategy is "pervaded by a paradoxical logic of its own"; much of human activity is riddled with paradox, as immunologists know and those who wait in a long line of traffic for a brief glance at what caused the traffic jam can sense. However, his definition of five levels of strategy is enriching and his historical examples fascinating. Along the way, his case study of NATO demolishes proposals for defense-in-depth, casts doubt on those for deep strike, and demonstrates that he understands the paradoxical logic of NATO strategy and its connection to American nuclear force posture better than anyone else.

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