War, Peace and International Relations: An Introduction to Strategic History
Colin S. Gray. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. 306 pp. Maps. Bib. Index. $135.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force
Current and aspiring general officers no less that civilian policy-makers would do well to place themselves under the tutelage of Colin S. Gray, who deserves to be ranked as first among the most accomplished contemporary writers on strategic subjects. His previous volume, Another Bloody Century (2005), stands as a rebuke to the alluring but disreputable notion-it hardly qualifies as an idea-that the charismatic hand of technology and the advance of prosperity across the globe have domesticated war, if not rendered its eruption highly improbable. As is the case with his other publications, Gray wears his erudition lightly. He deploys his encyclopedic knowledge of diplomatic and military history in service to readers who write and execute strategy; never is Gray beholden to theoretical speculation or a narrow political outlook.