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How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle: A History of American Intervention from World War I to Afghanistan


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How Wars End

“This is a brilliant book on an important subject. Americans are always disappointed with the outcomes of wars and the troubled peaces that follow. Gideon Rose explains that this is because of the way we think—or don't think—about war and peace. The book is a masterpiece of historical analysis with lessons for our strategy in Afghanistan and beyond.”

--Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World and editor of Newsweek International

“Gideon Rose’s wise, trenchant review of the last century of world conflict is one of the startlingly rare books that gets the connection between war and politics, means and ends.”

--Fred Kaplan, “War Stories” columnist, Slate “Fred Ikle’s 1971 book Every War Must End has influenced analysts and policymakers for decades. Gideon Rose’s How Wars End is likely to be just as influential for generations to come. You may think you know something about the wars he writes about, but you are guaranteed to learn something new here. Rose is always accurate and fair, neither sycophantic nor unduly scathing. This is a book that should be read by everyone involved in military planning--and everyone affected by the decisions those planners make.”

--Max Boot, the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Savage Wars of Peace and War Made New “In his trenchant study of how difficult it was to end wars in the past century, Gideon Rose draws fresh and persuasive lessons for how to define and achieve U.S. interests, both in Afghanistan and in the face of future challenges. A timely and important work.”

--Strobe Talbott, author of The Great Experiment and president of Brookings Institution “By focusing on the intricate, often overlooked endgames of conflicts, Gideon Rose makes a compelling case that the unintended consequences of wars have overwhelmed even the best-intentioned plans of American leaders. Every top official contemplating military action should read this terrific book—and take its lessons to heart.”

--Andrew Nagorski, author of The Greatest Battle

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"Synopsis" by , The first comprehensive treatment of how the United States has handled the final stages of its conflicts—from World War I to Iraq—bungled repeatedly by leaders’ failures to plan clearly for what to do when the guns fall silent.

Concerned with not repeating past errors, our leaders miscalculate and prolong the conflict or invite unwelcome results. In his penetrating analysis of past, present, and future wars, Rose suggests how to break this cycle.

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