Why and how America's defense strategy must change in light of China's power and ambition "Colby, the lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, here lays out--realistically, concretely and in plain-spoken American English--how Washington must act decisively to check Beijing's growing power and ambition."--Wall Street Journal, Ten Best Books of 2021 "This is a realist's book, laser-focused on China's bid for mastery in Asia as the 21st century's most important threat."--Ross Douthat, New York Times "Elbridge Colby has written an outstanding book. For anyone interested in understanding what a possible war between China and the United States might look like, The Strategy of Denial is the place to start."--John Mearsheimer, author of The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities
Elbridge A. Colby was the lead architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, the most significant revision of U.S. defense strategy in a generation. Here he lays out how America's defense must change to address China's growing power and ambition. Based firmly in the realist tradition but deeply engaged in current policy, this book offers a clear framework for what America's goals in confronting China must be, how its military strategy must change, and how it must prioritize these goals over its lesser interests.
The most informed and in-depth reappraisal of America's defense strategy in decades, this book outlines a rigorous but practical approach, showing how the United States can prepare to win a war with China that we cannot afford to lose--precisely in order to deter that war from happening.