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Book Review


Politics and Economics (CGU)

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Military and Veterans Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences


I was at first apprehensive when approached about writing a review essay on Martin van Creveld’s new book, Men, Women & War: Do Women Belong in the Front Line?¹ The topic was not a key interest of mine, and more pressing real-world needs required my attention. While the sporadic conversations I have had with van Creveld over the last couple of years made me aware of his growing interest and deep fascination with the topic of women in general, this work seemed a diversion from his repertoire of such seminal works as Supplying War: Logistics from Wallerstein to Patton; Command in War; and Technology in War: From 2000 B.C. to the Present.² Luckily, I relented and decided that I should expand my knowledge base by reading van Creveld’s book. As I read and reflected on his new text, I realized that by following his instincts he has once again created a unique work.


Originally published in the Military Review

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