This book is a happy surprise for those accustomed to Codevilla as an intellectual bomb thrower: it is a thoughtful primer on war aimed at a generation of Americans the authors regard as prone to dismiss the subject as accident or aberration. Based on a course taught by Professor Seabury, a gentle conservative, the book occasionally strays into polemics-for instance, in pleading for missile defenses. But it provokes enough thought so that the reader often hopes for more-for instance, in arguing that nuclear weapons do not abolish the moral imperative to discriminate in thinking about their use.
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