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

by Rupert Smith

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Why do we try to use military force to solve our political problems? And why, when our forces win the military battles does this still fail to solve those problems? It is because the force lacks utility. From Iraq to the Balkans, and from Afghanistan to Chechneya, over the past fifteen years there has been a steady stream of military interventions that have not delivered on their promise for peace, or even political resolution. The Utility of Force explains this anomaly at the heart of our current international system.

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  • On May 25 2017 David (USA) read this book
  • On Apr 27 2017 Tim Bowler read this book and commented:

    A thoughtful book about what modern warfare means today, and the problems and issues it throws up for commanders

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  • On Dec 26 2013 Tom Copeland (USCG) read this book and commented:

    Always interesting to read something from the British perspective. Some good thoughts on a needed force transformation.

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