Strategy Strikes Back

Strategy Strikes Back

How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict

Book - 2018
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"This book addresses real-life applications of the "Star Wars" saga, from the political fallout of targeting civilians, to toxic top-down leadership, to the long-term consequences of abandoning postwar allies"-- Provided by publisher.
"The most successful film franchise of all time, Star Wars thrillingly depicts an epic multigenerational conflict fought a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But the Star Wars saga has as much to say about successful strategies and real-life warfare waged in our own time and place. [This book] brings together over thirty of today's top military and strategic experts, including generals, policy advisors, seasoned diplomats, counterinsurgency strategists, science fiction writers, war journalists, and ground level military officers, to explain the strategy and the art of war by way of the Star Wars films. Each chapter of Strategy Strikes Back provides a relatable, outside the box way to simplify and clarify the complexities of modern military conflict. A chapter on the case for planet building on the forest moon of Endor by World War Z author Max Brooks offers a unique way to understand our own sustained engagement in war-ravaged societies such as Afghanistan. Another chapter on the counterinsurgency waged by Darth Vader against the Rebellion sheds light on the logic behind past military incursions in Iraq. Whether using the destruction of Alderaan as a means to explore the political implications of targeting civilians, examining the pivotal decisions made by Yoda and the Jedi Council to differentiate strategic leadership in theory and in practice, or considering the ruthlessness of Imperial leaders to explain the toxicity of top-down leadership in times of war and battle, Strategy Strikes Back gives fans of Star Wars and aspiring military minds alike an inspiring and entertaining means of understanding many facets of modern warfare. It is a book as captivating and enthralling as Star Wars itself."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: [Lincoln, NE] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781640120334
1640120335
Branch Call Number: 355.02 STRATEG
Characteristics: xx, 246 pages ; 24 cm

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