Dominic Tierney - The American Way of War

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Americans love war. We’ve never run from a fight. Our triumphs from the American Revolution to World War II define who we are as a nation and a people.

Americans hate war. Our leaders rush us into conflicts without knowing the facts or understanding the consequences. Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan define who we are as a nation and a people.
In his new book, How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War, award-winning author Dominic Tierney looks at the American experience of war from the Civil War to the present.

Why are we so often at war? Do we fight conflicts in a uniquely American way? Why do we win and lose? Tierney has created a secret history of American foreign policy and a frank and insightful look at how Americans respond to the ultimate challenge.
About Dominic Tierney

Dominic Tierney is assistant professor of political science at Swarthmore College, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and a correspondent at The Atlantic. He completed his PhD in international politics at Oxford University in 2003, and has held fellowships at the Olin Institute and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

His latest book is How We Fight, which Ambassador James Dobbins, former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, described as, “A great theme, beautifully written and compellingly organized, it’s an important contribution to a national debate over the war in Afghanistan which is only gathering steam.”

Dominic is also the author of FDR and the Spanish Civil War: Neutrality and Commitment in the Struggle that Divided America, and Failing to Win: Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politics, with Dominic Johnson, which won the International Studies Association award for the best book of the year, and was nominated for the best book of the decade.

Dominic’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, and on NPR.

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