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Uncovering Ways of War


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Thomas G. Mahnken is Visiting Scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University. He is coeditor of Paradoxes of Strategic Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel and The Information Revolution in Military Affairs in Asia.


"Mahnken has illuminated a significant but neglected topic. His important book will interest students of interwar military history and will be required reading for intelligence historians."-Journal of Military History "Mahnken has written an interesting and provocative book that should be of great interest to historians, military professionals, and policy makers... This book is a must-read for a broad audience. Highly recommended."-Choice, June 2003 "This is an analytic study of American intelligence gathering about technological developments in Britain, Germany, and Japan, as well as what was-or wasn't-learned and the uses to which the information was put. In the process, the book discusses the American military attache system, which, it appears, was the most extensive of any of the great powers, evaluates the overall effectiveness of the effort, and throws some light on a few surprising corners, such the obstacles created by the Neutrality Acts in terms of intelligence co-operation with Britain."-NYMAS Newsletter, Winter-Spring 2003 "This book is an important contribution to the scholarship on intelligence and its role in determining how militaries plan for future wars."-Virginia Quarterly Review "An important argument rendered with deftness and economy and rich in insights for those contemplating more recent failures of intelligence."-Foreign Affairs "Overall, the book is a useful, readable survey of an important aspect of the overlap of military and naval affairs, diplomacy, and intelligence."-International History Review, June 2003 "Correcting expert conventional wisdom, Mahnken shows that in a crucial period military intelligence was not obtuse, not blind to innovation, not useless. This fascinating study offers hope for the future."-Richard K. Betts, Columbia University "Uncovering Ways of War presents an important revision of the accepted wisdom about the character, scope, and success or failure of the American intelligence effort in the years between the two world wars. Thomas G. Mahnken makes extensive use of archival materials and thoroughly surveys the historical and theoretical literature to build a solid picture of military intelligence in peacetime."-Roger Dingman, University of Southern California

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