Review (Guest): The Illusion of Victory – The True Costs of War

5 Star, Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Executive (Partisan Failure, Reform), History, Military & Pentagon Power, Misinformation & Propaganda, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Priorities, Public Administration, Security (Including Immigration), Survival & Sustainment, True Cost & Toxicity, Values, Ethics, Sustainable Evolution, War & Face of Battle
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Ian Bickerton

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant overview of the results of modern conflicts,May 26, 2011

By Tim Johnson (Fremantle, Australia) – See all my reviews

Although I loved Bickerton’s excellent book, I did find it a demanding read; chapters one, two and three is not material that a general reader like myself often encounters in the contemporary media: the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–1905 is not a conflict that is considered in accounts of the reasons for contemporary conflicts but the more so that it need be. Far too often the entrails of conflict are not considered and much modern commentary about conflict virtually implies that the event had few if any antecedents implying that it just happened spontaneously. I believe that Illusion of Victory puts that idea away and that seems not to be the author’s thesis.

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