The Utility of Force : The Art of War in the Modern World

The Utility of Force : The Art of War in the Modern World

Book Title: The Utility of Force : The Art of War in the Modern World

Author: Robert R. Leonhard

Format: Paperback | 430 pages

Publication Date: 12 Feb 2008

ISBN-13: 9780307278111

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.