How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War
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How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War

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Americans love war. We've never run from a fight. Our triumphs from the American Revolution to World War II define who we are as a nation and a people.

Americans hate war. Our leaders rush us into conflicts without knowing the facts or understanding the consequences. Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan define who we are as a nation and a people.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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notabattlechick
This is a provocative book that examines the question of an American "way of war"--proposes two versions of it (the crusade and the quagmire), concludes neither are terribly promising as national security or military strategies, and proposes the recovery of a third "founding" tradition of American force, which espouses wars for limited objectives using limited means and embraces nation-building.

Broadly, Tierney's argument falls in line with Weigley's thesis in The American Way of War, and the ar...more
SA
Apr 02, 2013 SA rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I am basically the target audience for the thesis of a book like this, and that's why it was so disappointing. It read like an introductory poli-sci text, and as a result came across like Tierney was cribbing his lecture notes to make his students buy his book for class.

Also, it should have been edited for tone and structure more effectively. I felt like I was falling asleep as Tierney wandered through his narrative; never have such compelling concrete examples been made so goddamn boring, expe...more
Jon
I thought this was an enjoyable look at how, what, when and who Americans fight. Principally that Americans get behind full force interstate/ crusade type wars but the minute the war turns into nation building, Americans are averse. Part from previous failures but even after successes such as Europe and Japan after World War 2, Americans still have a very hard time supporting. Book offers a number of wars to illustrate this point.
Courtney Burns
A look at the way Americans approach and pursue two basic types of warfare (or military intervention): interstate war and nation building. I learned some interesting and fascinating things about some of the wars we have fought and had quite a few aha moments regarding how we have fought them. Very readable.
Brandon
If you want a good book that will give you a history of war fighting in the United States and how America reacts to them this book is for you. I really didn't come away with a new found sense of how America fights wars though.
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