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By lucidly revealing the common threads that connect the ancient confrontations between Athens and Sparta and between Rome and Carthage with the two calamitous world wars of the 20th century and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kagan reveals new insights into the nature of war--and peace--that are vitally important and often surprising.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 575-589) and index.

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manwith7talents, January 3, 2008 (view all comments by manwith7talents)
This book is an interesting read, even if you don't agree with it's conclusions, which I didn't for the most part. Kagan attempts to demonstrate cases where nations could have prevented or lessened the impact of war by being more bellicose rather than less. WWII is the most obvious and convincing of these examples, but other cases - WWI, the Peloponnesian war, are much less believable. Kagan's use of both evidence and hypotheticals is highly selective and often dubious. Moreover, for every example Kagan gives it's possible to demonstrate multiple occasions where war was the result of hubris, overreach, and unnecessary aggression. Kagan is an influential neocon, and this book provides a lot of insight into their world-view, for what it's worth.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385423755
Author:
Kagan, Donald
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
War
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Military history
Subject:
War -- History.
Subject:
Military-General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
153 (Apr. 1989)
Publication Date:
19960131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.3 in 1.0375 lb

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