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The Right Way To Lose A War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts

Dominic Tierney

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Prose: non-fiction, Political science & theory

A provocative blueprint for how the United States can successfully disengage from failing wars without compromising its core values or interests.

For a century, the United States steadily accumulated a string of military triumphs. But since 1945 the onslaught of failures and stalemates in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan has exposed the country's inability to change course after battlefield setbacks - with grave consequences for thousands of American soldiers and our allies.

THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR provocatively explains how America can draw failed campaigns to a close without compromising its core values through three specific steps - surge, talk, and leave. THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR is an essential guidebook for life in an era of unwinnable conflicts, a book made necessary not only by Iraq and Afghanistan, but the future quagmires that may yet come.

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Dominic Tierney

Dominic Tierney is a professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College. He is also a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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