The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts


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Little Brown and Company
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6.2 X 1.3 X 9.4 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Dominic Tierney is an associate professor of political science at Swarthmore College and holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University. He is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a former visiting associate professor at Princeton University, a former research fellow at Harvard University, and the author of three books, including How We Fight and Failing to Win, which won the International Studies Association Best Book of the Year Award and was nominated for its Best Book of the Decade Award.


"Tierney covers his subject with admirable thoroughness....He sagely rejects the notion that the U.S. should sit out of all messy wars simply because it finds them unpleasant."
--Mark Moyar, Wall Street Journal

"Brave and interesting."--Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs
"Tierney explains the gap between America and its recent enemies with startling (and refreshing) clarity."--David French, National Review
"Tierney proposes a strategy centered on the tactic of "surge, talk, and leave," which requires a seismic shift in understanding the metrics of waging war.... Tierney's sensible and clearsighted recommendations come from careful study."
--Publishers Weekly
"Tierney doesn't just analyze, although there are plenty of examples drawn from ancient and modern history. Instead, he offers a cogent argument and concrete strategies for minimizing loss of life.... His useful book's coda offers some interesting long-term strategies to avoid endless war in the future."--Kirkus
"It's a provocative book. It's an important book."--MSNBC
"Eminently readable.... Well-reasoned, highly accessible, and potentially provocative.... The results-oriented perspective is a refreshing take.... Tierney's work will surely find great interest from readers of popular military history and strategy and from academic readers with an interest in foreign policy."--Library Journal