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0316045155 03 02 0316045152 03 9780316045155 15 9780316045155 14 09780316045155 01 BB <b202>01</b202> <b203>How We Fight</b203> <b029>Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War</b029> A01 Tierney, Dominic 01 eng 352 00 15 b/w photos HIS036000 10 POL000000 01 01 Americans love war. We've never run from a fight. Our triumphs from the American Revolution to World War II define who we are as a nation and a people.

Americans hate war. Our leaders rush us into conflicts without knowing the facts or understanding the consequences. Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan define who we are as a nation and a people.

How We Fight explores the extraordinary doublemindedness with which Americans approach war, and reveals the opposing mindsets that have governed our responses throughout history: the "crusade" tradition-our grand quests to defend democratic values and overthrow tyrants; and the "quagmire" tradition-our resistance to the work of nation-building and its inevitable cost in dollars and American lives.

How can one nation be so split? Studying conflicts from the Civil War to the present, Dominic Tierney has created a secret history of American foreign policy and a frank and insightful look at how Americans respond to the ultimate challenge. And he shows how success is possible. His innovative model for tackling the challenges of modern war can mean longstanding victory in Iraq and Afghanistan, by rediscovering a lost American warrior tradition.]]


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
United States -- History, Military.
War -- Public opinion.
Public opinion -- United States.
National characteristics, American.