By John David Lewis

ISBN-10: 0691135185

ISBN-13: 9780691135182

ISBN-10: 0691162026

ISBN-13: 9780691162027

The target of battle is to defeat the enemy's will to struggle. yet how this is often finished is a thorny factor. Nothing lower than Victory provocatively exhibits that competitive, strategic army offenses can win wars and determine lasting peace, whereas protecting maneuvers have usually resulted in lengthy carnage, indecision, and stalemate. Taking an formidable and sweeping examine six significant wars, from antiquity to global battle II, John David Lewis exhibits how effective army commanders have completed long term peace via deciding upon the middle of the enemy's ideological, political, and social aid for a battle, fiercely remarkable at this target, and significant 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 yank Civil conflict, and the second one international warfare. He considers profitable examples of overwhelming strength, resembling the Greek mutilation of Xerxes' military and military, the Theban-led invasion of the Spartan native land, 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 exhibits war's persistence rests in each one side's reasoning, ethical function, and dedication to struggle, and why an successfully aimed, well-planned, and speedy finished offense can finish a clash and create the stipulations wanted for long term peace.

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

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