The Utility of Force

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 16, 2007 - History - 448 pages
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From a highly decorated general, a brilliant new way of understanding war and its role in the twenty-first century.

Drawing on his vast experience as a commander during the first Gulf War, and in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland, General Rupert Smith gives us a probing analysis of modern war. He demonstrates why today’s conflicts must be understood as intertwined political and military events, and makes clear why the current model of total war has failed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other recent campaigns. Smith offers a compelling contemporary vision for how to secure our world and the consequences of ignoring the new, shifting face of war.

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User Review  - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing

Possibly the best book currently available on the limits of modern warfare to 'impose your will upon the enemy'. Written by a veteran of our modern conflicts, General Smith lays out his evidence and ... Read full review

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User Review  - fyoder - LibraryThing

With the invention of the nuclear bomb, industrial warfare as it was known came to an end. But the thinking behind the use of military force remained mired in conceptions of industrial warfare. Today ... Read full review


Title Page
Understanding Force
From Napoleon to Clausewitz
Iron Steam and Mass
The World Wars
From Guerrillas to Anarchists to
A New Purpose for the Use of Force
The Search for a New
Setting the Purpose for the Use of Force

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General Rupert Smith spent 40 years in the British Army, commanding the UK Armoured Division in the Gulf War, general in charge in Northern Ireland, commander of the UN forces in Bosnia and Deputy Commander of NATO. He lives in London.

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