HOW TO FIGHT A WAR
Economy & Politics, Military Science
Mike Martin is Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, where he speaks and writes on conflict. His previous books are An Intimate War; Crossing the Congo; and Why We Fight. He tweets about conflict and geopolitics as @ThreshedThought.
French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Rights sold: Chinese, German, Indian, South African
Has any war in history gone according to plan? Monarchs, dictators and elected leaders alike have a dismal record on military decision-making, from over-ambitious goals to disregarding intelligence, terrain, or enemy capabilities. This not only wastes the lives of civilians, the enemy and one’s own soldiers, but also fails to achieve geopolitical objectives, and usually lays the seeds for more wars down the line.
Conflict scholar and former soldier Mike Martin takes the reader through the hard, elegant logic to fighting a conclusive interstate war that solves geopolitical problems, and reduces future conflict. In cool and precise prose, he outlines how to orchestrate military forces, from infantry to information, and from strategy to tactics.
How to Fight a War explains the unavoidable, yet seemingly elusive, art of using violence to force your enemies to do what you want. It should be read by everyone seeking to understand today’s wars, as well as those wishing to lead us through the coming decades of conflict.
‘Mike Martin presents a handbook on how to fight wars - and ideally win them. Whoever reads it sees the Ukrainian counter-offensive differently.’ — Lorenz Hemicker, FAZ ‘An illuminating and enjoyable account of warfare and guidelines to achieve lasting peace. How to Fight a War is also written in an engaging style, rich in personal and historical anecdote, that lays out complex issues in an absorbing and logical way.’ — Financial Times ‘Compelling, timely and very accessible. How to Fight a War shows that behind the complex horrors of conflict lie simple and enduring truths about humankind.’ — Sir Nick Clegg, former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK ‘War is abhorrent and complicated. But it is also human. In this easy-to-read book Mike Martin strips away much of its technical cha...