About the Book

The American Culture of War presents a sweeping critical examination of every major American war since 1941: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the First and Second Persian Gulf Wars. As he carefully considers the myriad cultural forces that surrounded each military engagement, Adrian R. Lewis offers an original, provocative look at the motives people and governments used to wage war, the discord among military personnel, the flawed political policies that guided military strategy, and the civilian perceptions that characterized each conflict. With each chapter similarly structured to allow the reader to draw parallels between the wars, Lewis deftly traces the evolution of U.S. military strategy since the Second World War. Timely, incisive, and comprehensive, The American Culture of War is a unique and invaluable survey of over sixty years of American military history.