The American Way of War

The American Way of War

A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy
Russell F. Weigley
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/1960
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-28029-9
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A Selection of the History Book Club, the Military Book Club, and the International Affairs Book Club

... a strong and stimulating book. It has no rival in either scope or quality. For libraries, history buffs, and armchair warriors, it is a must. For political science students, career diplomats, and officers in the armed services, its reading should be required." —History

A particularly timely account." —Kansas City Times

It reads easily but is not a popularized history... nor does the book become a history of battles.... Weigley’s analyses and interpretations are searching, competent, and useful." —Perspective

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Table of Contents


Part One: Waging War With Limited Resources, 1775-1815

1 A Strategy of Attrition: George Washington

2 A Strategy of Partisan War: Nathanael Greene

3 The Federalists and the Jeffersonians

Part Two: Young America as a Military Power, 1815-1890

4 The Age of Winfield Scott

5 The Founding of American Strategic Studies: Dennis Hart Mahan and Henry Wager Halleck

6 Napoleonic Strategy: R.E. Lee and the Confederacy

7 A Strategy of Annihilation: U.S. Grant and the Union

8 Annihilation of a People: The Indian Fighters

Part Three: Introduction to World Power, 1890-1941

9 A Strategy of Sea Power and Empire: Stephen B. Luce and Alfred Thayer Mahan

10 Strategy and the Great War of 1914-1918

11 A Strategy of Air Power: Billy Mitchell

12 A Strategy for Pacific Ocean War: Naval Strategists of the 1920s and 1930s

Part Four: American Strategy in Global Triumph, 1941-1945

13 The Strategic Tradition of A.T. Mahan: Strategists of the Pacific War

14 The Strategic Tradition of U.S. Grant: Strategists of the European War

Part Five: American Strategy in Perplexity, 1945-

15 The Atomic Revolution

16 Old Strategies Revisited: Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall in the Korean War

17 Strategies of Deterrence and of Action: The Strategy Intellectuals

18 Strategies of Action Attempted: To the Vietnam War


Select Bibliography of American Writings on Military Strategy, Theoretical, and Historical