Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History

Nothing Less than Victory: Decisive Wars and the Lessons of History


The target of warfare is to defeat the enemy's will to struggle. yet how this is entire is a thorny factor. Nothing under Victory provocatively exhibits that competitive, strategic army offenses can win wars and determine lasting peace, whereas protective maneuvers have usually ended in lengthy carnage, indecision, and stalemate. Taking an formidable and sweeping examine six significant wars, from antiquity to international struggle II, John David Lewis exhibits how triumphant army commanders have completed long term peace by means of making a choice on the center of the enemy's ideological, political, and social help for a conflict, fiercely awesome at this goal, and critical that the enemy recognizes its defeat.

Lewis examines the Greco-Persian and Theban wars, the second one Punic warfare, Aurelian's wars to reunify Rome, the yankee Civil struggle, and the second one international struggle. He considers winning examples of overwhelming strength, akin to the Greek mutilation of Xerxes' military and military, the Theban-led invasion of the Spartan fatherland, and Hannibal's assault opposed to Italy--as good as failed strategies of protection, together with Fabius's coverage of hold up, McClellan's retreat from Richmond, and Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler. Lewis indicates war's persistence rests in each one side's reasoning, ethical objective, and dedication to struggle, and why an successfully aimed, well-planned, and quick done offense can finish a clash and create the stipulations wanted for long term peace.

spotting the human motivations at the back of army conflicts, Nothing under Victory makes a robust case for offensive activities in pursuit of peace.

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