• "Majestic...War, he argues, has been the curse of our civilization and our century. Never has war been so destructive as in the late industrial era, and he backs his claim with a superb sweep of history since the beginning of organised warfare, armies and fortification, to the present age of the nuclear bomb, smart weapons, the urban gueriila and the terrorist."

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "The most readable and the most original of living military historians."

    New York Times Book Review

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