Book Review: Why America Loses Wars: Limited War and U.S. Strategy From the Korean War To the Present Written by Donald Stoker ISBN: 9781108479592 318 pages Hardcover/$29.95 Cambridge University Press Publication for August 2019
Why America Loses Wars demonstrates the current imperfect ideas of limited war which has so often led to America’s interminable wars as well as American defeats. You will read about how America will fail to win wars or to attain peace after the conflict is finished. This book gives more realistic concepts of limited war and its views on the present Cold War theories and also on limited war.
This book will answer questions such as: How can you achieve victory in war if you don’t have a clear idea of your political objectives and the vision of what victory means, and an argument by the author that America enters endless wars because its leaders no longer know how to think about war, particularly limited war. The author will relate to the reader how ideas of limited war and war in general evolved against the background of American military conflicts as well as political issues in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. The author will also show that these ideas are flawed and how they have undermined America’s ability to understand, wage, and win its wars, and to secure peace post conflict. America’s leaders have too often taken the nation to war without understanding what they (or for that matter America) want or valuing victory, leading to the perpetual wars of today. This book dismantles the past 70 years of misguided thinking and lays the foundations for a new approach to the wars of tomorrow, which unfortunately, inevitably will come…..Carol
About the author: Donald Stoker was Professor of Strategy and Policy for the U.S. Naval War College’s Monterey Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, from 1999 until 2017. He is the author or editor for 11 books, and his Clausewitz: His Life and Work (2014) is on the British Army professional reading list.