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  • Paperback: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (18 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521700388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521700382
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Such a clear and readable exposition of the multifaceted aspects of warfare is long overdue. It is invaluable, not only as an aid to comprehending warfare as it is conducted now, and why, but also how we arrived here, and where we might be going. Anyone connected with the business of defence and war fighting, be they: scholar, warrior, commentator, or politician, would profit by reading and absorbing what the authors have to say.' Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE

'An accessible, yet sophisticated introduction to the theory and practice of modern warfare. Warfare has since the end of the Cold War been undergoing sustained, rapid non-linear change. Yet Understanding Modern Warfare successfully captures and explains the character and the complexity of warfare in the 21st Century. Readers, whether undergraduate or graduate students, civilian or military, will welcome the clarity of the text and its richness, and will be rewarded by a thorough grounding in a difficult subject.' Terry Terriff, Arthur Child Foundation Chair of Strategic Studies, University of Calgary

'The authors have provided an impressive and useful study of modern war which places their subject firmly within a coherent framework of strategy and the realities of modern military operations. In every respect this is a major contribution to the libraries of both the amateur as well as the professional student of modern warfare.' Williamson Murray, Institute for Defense Analysis

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Using relevant examples from recent history, this book provides a complete introduction to the issues, ideas, concepts, context and vocabulary necessary to develop an understanding of the theory and conduct of warfare in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. An invaluable text for military professionals and students of military history.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Carver on 22 Feb 2010
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The book is well presented, clear and, where needed, concise. The content is set out in manageable chunks, almost like a revision guide for students, making it much easier to follow and digest than a standard book on the topic. The ideas presented are accurate to today's warfare styles and highlight areas that will be tackled in the future, such as those of nuclear proliferation, terrorism, other non-state actors and counter-insurgency operations.

I would recommend the book thoroughly as a core text for anyone studying modern warfare. It is perfect revision material for any student taking a war studies course and got me through my War, Armed Forces and Society module at University.
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Very well designed and put together. Goes over the essentials very nicely, and offers a lot of references to other, more specific reads. Great book to begin with and build upon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iceberg on 27 Dec 2011
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The book is written with the aim to give a non-specialized reader a broad overview of strategy as divided in general principles, land, sea and air strategy. This goal it achieves, but it should be noted that given the breadth and depth of the material covered, the book does not go into much detail( to do this it would have to be several volumes thick). Also, the book provides an interesting aspect of the evolution of strategy in each one of those aspects. It is disappointing though to see that the book is full of syntax errors, words missing, grammar errors, etc. This is unfortunate as I often found myself backtracking to try and figure out what a specific sentence meant. All in all though, a worthwhile introduction to the subject.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Working Class Hero on 7 May 2009
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Brilliant book, all you ever needed to know presented in an easy to read format. What more could you ask for? Have recommended it to all my friends.
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Great information source 5 Jan 2013
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This is a very good information source for college, High school
reports, Well written and a good many pictures.
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Panorama of strategy 9 Aug 2014
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Gives a good up-to-date overview. I would like to see a newer edition
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