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Reconsidering the American Way of War: US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan (Paperback)
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Reconsidering the American Way of War: US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 28/05/2014
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Challenging several longstanding notions about the American way of war, this book examines US strategic and operational practice from 1775 to 2014. It surveys all major US wars from the War of Independence to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as most smaller US conflicts to determine what patterns, if any, existed in American uses of force. Contrary to many popular sentiments, Echevarria finds that the American way of war is not astrategic, apolitical, or defined by the use of overwhelming force. Instead, the American way of war was driven more by political considerations than military ones, and the amount of force employed was rarely overwhelming or decisive. As a scholar of Clausewitz, Echevarria borrows explicitly from the Prussian to describe the American way of war not only as an extension of US policy by other means, but also the continuation of US politics by those means. The book's focus on strategic and operational practice closes the gap between critiques of American strategic thinking and analyses of US campaigns. Echevarria discovers that most conceptions of American strategic culture fail to hold up to scrutiny, and that US operational practice has been closer to military science than to military art. Providing a fresh look at how America's leaders have used military force historically and what that may mean for the future, this book should be of interest to military practitioners and policymakers, students and scholars of military history and security studies, and general readers interested in military history and the future of military power.

Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781626160675
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Provides valuable synopses of the most important campaigns and explains what they reveal about developments in military practice, demonstrating the variety of ways in which US leaders have adapted their approaches to military force to fit the circumstances. Foreign Affairs Issues a powerful challenge to established thinking on all fronts... Echevarria's book represents an important contribution to the debate over the American way of war. Political Science Quarterly It is the best synthesis of the American way of war discourse to date and a must-read for students, scholars, service personnel, and government officials interested in military history. On Point Antulio Echevarria II has written an excellent book for historians, military professionals, and others with a good grasp of the history of America's wars. However, his concise survey of over two hundred years of American military strategy and operations will also be useful in college courses. Michigan War Studies Review Provides a valuable counterpoint to a topic relevant to current debates about American strategy and policy. It is always beneficial to understand clearly from whence one comes before determining where one ought to go. -- Lieutenant Colonel Brian L. Steed, US Army Proceedings Asserts quite convincingly that what people actually did is at least as important and instructive as what they thought or said. -- US Military History Review Robert S. Ehlers, Jr. Makes a material contribution to the long-standing debate about strategic culture. Naval War College Review A fresh look at how America's leaders have used military force historically and what that may mean for the future, this book should be of interest to military practitioners and policymakers, students and scholars of military history and security studies, and general readers interested in military history and the future of military power. 2015 Univeristy Press Books for Public and Secondary Schools

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