The Utility of Force by Rupert Smith

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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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About Rupert Smith

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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.
 
Published January 16, 2007 by Vintage. 448 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Drawing on his own war experience, a British general updates Karl von Clausewitz for our times.

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Until leaders recognize the new paradigm, powerful militaries will continue to risk defeat at the hands of seemingly inferior enemies, says Gen. Rupert Smith.

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Drawing on his own war experience, a British general updates Karl von Clausewitz for our times.

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For example, there is relatively little here on the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88, which saw mutual slaughter eerily reminiscent of the First World War;

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