Author: Frank Hoffman

Decisive Force in History: The Seductive Siren of Battle

Cathal J. Nolan, The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost (Oxford University Press, 2017)   In The Age of Battles the late Russell Weigley wrote of an era when commanders sought out grand battle as the principal means of obtaining decision. This quest for decisive results at a reasonable cost was elusive, as Weigley noted in his introduction: The age of battles nevertheless proved to be an age of prolonged, indecisive wars, wars sufficiently interminable that again and again the toll in lives, not to mention the costs in material resources, rose grotesquely out...

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