Not all wars end decisively; many end in messy, complicated, inconclusive, and deeply intriguing ways. As the United States attempts to extricate itself from two long and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nothing could be more vital than a thorough examination of the ways America has ended its major conflicts in the past. Here, with incisive analysis, narrative flourish, and strategic detail, leading historians explore the progress of thirteen American wars, from the American Revolution to the first Gulf War, taking a look at their initial aims - often quite different from their ends - their predominant strategies, their final campaigns, the painful journeys out of war, and the ramifications of these wars' ends. A formidable enterprise of historical collaboration that illuminates the past in ways that will help us understand our present, Between War and Peace takes readers inside some of American history's most important turning points.
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