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A respected scholar of military history and an expert on strategy, Martin van Creveld recently explored the modern world’s shifting method of combat in The Changing Face of War. Now, in The Culture of War, he argues that there is much more to war than just soldiers killing one another for whatever reason.

War has always been a topic of deep intrigue. Fighting itself can be a source of great, perhaps even the greatest, joy; out of this joy and fascination an entire culture has grown—from the war paint of tribal warriors to today’s “tiger suits,” from Julius Caesar’s red cloak to Douglas MacArthur’s pipe, from the decorative shields of ancient Greece to modern aircraft nose art, and from the invention of chess around 600 AD to cyber era combat simulators. The culture of war has had its own traditions, laws, rituals, music, art, literature, and monuments since the beginning of civilization.

Through the ages, the culture of war has usually been highly esteemed. Not so in today’s advanced countries, which tend either to mock it (“Military intelligence is to intelligence what military music is to music”) or to denounce it as “militaristic.” This provocative book, the first of its kind, sets out to show how wrongheaded—and even dangerous—such attitudes are. The Culture of War argues that men and women today, contrary to the hopes of some, are just as fascinated by war as they have been in the past. A military that has lost touch with the culture of war is doomed not merely to defeat but to disintegration.

Innovative, authoritative, and riveting, The Culture of War is a major work by one of the world’s greatest and most insightful military historians.

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  • “In a tour de force of scholarship and insight, he takes readers through the processes of preparing for, waging, and commemorating war.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat Dugan | 3/25/2013

    " How America is losing the mindset of War. We are becoming too weak to have the will to defeat our ememies. The Feminization of our schools, culture and mindset will be our undoing. Only a few warriors still man the walls, but are considered Neanderthals by the newer, kinder America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melinda | 11/14/2009

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob Field | 8/20/2009

    " Van Creveld shows the common threads of military social and cultural forces over time. It's a very good reminder that, regardless of the technological and economic changes of the past hundred years, war is very much the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rob | 4/19/2009

    " Van Creveld shows the common threads of military social and cultural forces over time. It's a very good reminder that, regardless of the technological and economic changes of the past hundred years, war is very much the same. "

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About the Author

Martin van Creveld, a professor of history at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is one of the best-known experts on military history and strategy. He has written eighteen books, which have been translated into fourteen languages, the most notable among them being The Changing Face of War, Supplying War, Command in War, and The Transformation of War. He has consulted to the defense departments of numerous governments, including that of the United States, and he was the second civilian expert ever to be invited to address the Israeli General Staff. He has lectured or taught at practically every institute of strategic military study. Van Creveld has appeared on CNN, BBC, and other international networks and has been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek and the International Herald Tribune.