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The Final Argument Of Kings: Reflections On The Art Of War
The Final Argument Of Kings: Reflections On The Art Of War
By Edward B. Atkeson
Hero Books, 1988, 260 pp

This readable book is part analysis, part memoir, written by a retired general who was active in military intelligence. Much of it is a familiar, if welcome, plea for more serious study of strategy, especially by the military. Some of his observations, however, run against conventional wisdom and current practice: his arguments, for instance, that we have overstated the importance of Persian Gulf oil, or been too slow to increase military-to-military contacts with the Soviet Union.