The Right Way to Lose a War

America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts
By Dominic Tierney (Hardcover Book, 2015)
A provocative blueprint for how the United States can successfully disengage from failing wars without compromising its core values or interests.

For a century, the United States steadily accumulated a string of military triumphs. But since 1945 the onslaught of failures and stalemates in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan has exposed the country's inability to change course after battlefield setbacks---with grave consequences for thousands of American soldiers and our allies. THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR provocatively explains how America can draw failed campaigns to a close without compromising its core values through three specific steps---surge, talk, and leave. THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR is an essential guidebook for life in an era of unwinnable conflicts, a book made necessary not only by Iraq and Afghanistan, but the future quagmires that may yet come.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $28.00 US/$31.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316254885

    • On Sale Date: 06/02/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

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A provocative blueprint for how the United States can successfully disengage from failing wars without compromising its core values or interests.

For a century, the United States steadily accumulated a string of military triumphs. But since 1945 the onslaught of failures and stalemates in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan has exposed the country's inability to change course after battlefield setbacks---with grave consequences for thousands of American soldiers and our allies. THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR provocatively explains how America can draw failed campaigns to a close without compromising its core values through three specific steps---surge, talk, and leave. THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR is an essential guidebook for life in an era of unwinnable conflicts, a book made necessary not only by Iraq and Afghanistan, but the future quagmires that may yet come.

Dominic Tierney is an associate professor of political science at Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University. He is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a former visiting associate professor at Princeton University, a former research fellow at Harvard University, and the author of three books, including How We Fight and Failing to Win, which won the International Studies Association "Best Book of the Year" Award and was nominated for its "Best Book of the Decade" Award.
  • Praise for HOW WE FIGHT

    "Lucid and entertaining...A provocative analysis of why Americans love some wars and hate others."
    (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "A great theme, beautifully written and compellingly organized, it's a fitting update to Russell Weigley's classic [The American Way of War] and an important contribution to a national debate over the war in Afghanistan which is only gathering steam."
    (Ambassador James Dobbins, former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, and currently Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation).

  • "Writing in colloquial style, this college professor accessibly frames questions arising from Iraq and Afghanistan about why victories have often been followed by occupations."
    (Booklist).

  • "Dominic Tierney's How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War is an unusual achievement.  It is a provocative scholarly book about the U.S. approach to war that was written for a broad non-academic audience...no one can dispute that his ambitious undertaking generates much-needed debate on a timely topic.  That his writing is fluid and accessible makes it more likely that he will reach both scholarly and policy audiences."
    (James H. Lebovic, George Washington University).

  • "[Tierney's] work here will be a useful addition to the literature of culture and war..."
    (Library Journal  (Starred Review) ).

  • "How We Fight is an important contribution in itself and for the thinking it prompts in others."
    (Bruce W. Jentleson, Duke University).

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The Right Way to Lose a War
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $28.00 US/$31.00 CAN
  • Pages: 400
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316254885
  • On Sale Date: 06/02/2015
The Right Way to Lose a War