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Book Title: The Culture of War|
The author of the book: Martin van Creveld
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Edition: Presidio Press
Date of issue: October 8th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780345505408
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Encyclopedic in narrative detail, but sometimes skimpy and arbitrary in analysis. Professor Van Creveld is one of the world's leading authorities on military affairs, but this is not one of his better books - he has a point in his message that political correctness is often unrealistic and can be very bad when trying to win a war, but it's also possible to go too far in the direction of being contrary for the sake of being contrary, and he does.
In particular, I believe, based on my experience during twenty years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, that he goes too far in basically dismissing women as being useless in combat. It is absolutely valid that there are physical requirements a combat soldier should be able to meet, and that a lower percentage of women than men may be able to do so; however, there are athletic women who are more than capable of keeping up with most men, and there are a lot of men who can't hack it. I knew some women Marines who I would have trusted completely to keep up on the march, shoot straight, hold their own in a fight, and stand watch while I was asleep.
I'd suggest to the author that he go do some observation of women in the armed forces of the U.S. and other countries today, and do so with his eyes and mind open.
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Read information about the authorMartin Levi van Creveld (born 5 March 1946) is an Israeli military historian and theorist.
Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam, and has lived in Israel since shortly after his birth. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been on the faculty since 1971. He is the author of seventeen books on military history and strategy, of which Command in War (1985), Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton (1977, 2nd edition 2004), The Transformation of War (1991), The Sword and the Olive (1998) and The Rise and Decline of the State (1999) are among the best known. Van Creveld has lectured or taught at many strategic institutes in the Western world, including the U.S. Naval War College.
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