This review essay appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the Naval War College Review in March 2017.
Is there such a thing as “strategic culture” and a distinctive “American way of
war”? What defines this supposedly unique approach to warfare? What elements
or habits comprise this approach, and how has it
been applied over the course of time? Do other
countries have strategic cultures that shape how
they plan and conduct strategy, and how they
plan to conduct war? In this provocative and aggressively
argued book, the author explores these
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