By Brian McAllister Linn
From Lexington and Gettysburg to Normandy and Iraq, the wars of the us have outlined the kingdom. yet after the weapons fall silent, the military searches the teachings of prior conflicts which will organize for the subsequent conflict of hands. within the echo of conflict, the military develops the ideas, guns, doctrine, and commanders that it hopes will warrantly a destiny victory.
In the face of significantly new methods of waging warfare, Brian Linn surveys the prior assumptions--and errors--that underlie the army's many visions of war as much as the current day. He explores the army's forgotten historical past of deterrence, its lengthy event with counter-guerrilla operations, and its successive efforts to remodel itself. Distinguishing 3 martial traditions--each with its personal idea of battle, its personal strategic perspectives, and its personal excuses for failure--he locates the visionaries who ready the military for its battlefield triumphs and the reactionaries whose errors contributed to its defeats.
Discussing commanders as assorted as Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton, and Colin Powell, and applied sciences from coastal artillery to the Abrams tank, he exhibits how management and weaponry have consistently altered the army's method of clash. And he demonstrates the army's behavior of getting ready for wars that seldom ensue, whereas ignoring these it needs to truly struggle. in keeping with exhaustive study and interviews, The Echo of Battle offers an unheard of reinterpretation of ways the U.S. military has waged battle long ago and the way it truly is assembly the recent demanding situations of tomorrow.