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Little Britain? Twenty-First Century Strategy For a Middling European Power
Little Britain? Twenty-First Century Strategy For a Middling European Power

4.0 out of 5 stars Wake up UK!!, 22 Jan. 2014
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A very timely and succinct book which doesn't shy away from sticking it to the establishment. Not afraid to challenge catchphrases like 'punching above out weight' that politicians have hidden behind for years rather than face the reality of Britain's declining influence, this book clearly sets out where we are in the world today, why we are where we are, and how we should look to improve. While rightly highly critical of of Whitehall, Westminster and even some aspects of the armed forces this book is not just a rant against the incompetence of british politicians, but rather seeks to act as a wake-up call by laying out options for positive and proactive measures to gain world influence and move towards that most heretical of concepts - a degree of strategic autonomy for the UK. JLF convincingly argues that with the US less engaged in european defense and the EUropeans never going to allow the UK a leading role in european defense, there is now a need for Britain to reverse its 'managed decline' and take a strong grasp of where it is heading. Although against the inevitable march towards federalism and reality-denying pacifism that it the future EU, this book should not be dismissed as mere anti-EU propaganda. Instead it provides ideas for UK strategy whether in or out of the EU - something called forward-planning which has so obviously been lost to our illustrious leaders who, as JLF repeatedly and correctly points out, confuse strategy with short-term politics. My only criticism is that while his prescriptions are eminently practical, achieving them in the face of the establishment's culture and the pro-EU fantasist lobby will be a daunting task, though if anything this book should inspire us to face that task and not to accept decline into a 3rd tier nation with world power pretensions. In all an excellent and necessary read.

A word on formatting - this kindle edition was marred by a great many typos and could do with a thorough proof reading. That said it does not detract from the content and should not discourage anyone from reading it. I would like to see this printed in a weighty hardback edition to better batter people round the head with its arguments.


Strategy for Action: Using Force Wisely in the 21st Century
Strategy for Action: Using Force Wisely in the 21st Century
by Steven Jermy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading, 1 Feb. 2012
The other reviews here have praised this book enough. I was lucky to see the author give a talk based on this book at university and immediately decided to purchase it. As said, Jermy highlights what Gray calls the poverty of modern strategic thought, gives a useful overview of the significant thinkers in the field and then, having identified many of the problems that obstruct successful strategy making, gives a thorough and logical prescription on how to improve matters. This is an absolute must read for strategy, IR or politics students as well as anyone involved in such affairs on an official level. My only real regret is in knowing that this book will probably never be read by those that need its insight the most.


The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century
by Thomas X. Hammes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars America v 4GW, 13 May 2011
A really excellent book following the evolution of fourth generation warfare from Mao to present day Iraq and Afghanistan. Uses a variety of relevant case studies and also goes into good critical analysis of the western dependence of technology and obsession with 3GW. Only slight shortfall is that it is, understandably, US centric in it's analysis. Even so, an absolute must-read for students of modern strategy or military history in general, or just someone who wants to understand the nature of the wars we are currently involved in better.


War in European History
War in European History
by Michael Howard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War in European History, 25 Jan. 2011
An excellent and succinct introduction to the major developments in European military culture, perfect for gaining an overview of the major events and themes.


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