Reconsidering the American Way of War

  • by Antulio Joseph Echevarria
  • Narrated by James Killavey
  • 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This audiobook challenges several longstanding notions about the American way of war. It examines US military practice (strategic and operational) from the War of Independence to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan to determine what patterns, if any, existed in the way Americans have used military force. Echevarria surveys all major US wars and most every small conflict in the country's military history. He argues that the popular notion that the American way of war is astrategic, apolitical, and obsessed with using overwhelming force is wrong. Rather, America's decisions to go to war and strategies in war have throughout history been shaped by political considerations, with both negative and positive results, and the amount of force employed was rarely overwhelming or decisive. Echevarria closes the gap between histories of strategic theory and the popular battle and campaign narratives that comprise the bulk of US military history. This book hopes to force a reexmination of the true characteristics of the American way of war with an eye toward implications for the future.


What the Critics Say

"…a must-read for military officers, politicians, academics - and pundits - who all too often ignore the inherently pragmatic nature of the American approach to war..." (David E. Johnson, director, chief of staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group)
“"his book is both the best analysis of the American way of war debate and a provocative historical interpretation of how the US has waged war. An essential contribution to one of the most significant issues in current US military policy." (Brian McAllister Linn, Ralph R. Thomas Professor of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent overview of complex subject

If you could sum up Reconsidering the American Way of War in three words, what would they be?

That is really impossible..complex stuff cannot be summed up in three words.

What did you like best about this story?

Great a great overall view of the topic with many specific examples.

Which scene was your favorite?

No "scenes" in this non-fiction work.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Noo....Has to be taken in small doses. There is a lot to digest.

Any additional comments?

Reader did a good job on what must have been a very difficult task. For military officers, this is a must read...or listen.. so that past mistakes are not made all over again.

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- Joe

Must read for military.

Would you consider the audio edition of Reconsidering the American Way of War to be better than the print version?

Much easier to understand. I had to read this for a class on military history and found it rough going. It's very dense and the sentence structure seems awkward at least for me. I found listening to it a little at a time - 30 minutes or so, to be much easier since the reader did much of the work of "pharsing" the text and it actually became pretty clear what the author was talking about.

What other book might you compare Reconsidering the American Way of War to and why?

The Art of War but, of course, much more modern.

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Already said it...did a great job of making a complex book easier to understand.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Audible. One of the side benefits of listening is that, during class discussions, I was one of the few who pronounced the many difficult names correctly. The professor was very impressed and my classmates a bit envious. I wish all my required readings were in Audiobook form.

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- Martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2014
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks