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The Myth of Victory
What Is Victory in War?


Richard Hobbs

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

List of Tables and Figures .........x
Foreword, by Arleigh Burke .........xi
Preface ...........................xv


INTRODUCTION


Part 1: TOTAL WAR


Chapter 1 Victory in Past Wars .....15


Chapter 2 The War to End Wars .....29

1. Why War? .....29
2. The Beginning of the Era of Total War .....32
3. The Peace--Lost Victory .....36
4. The Cost .....45
5. The Russian Revolution .....51


Chapter 3 Total War .....59

1. The Growth of the Idea of Total War .....59
2. Some Economic Aspects of Total War .....67

Chapter 4 Strategic Bombing .....75

1. The Policy ..... 75
2. A Critique of Strategic Bombing .....80
3. Destruction ....88

Chapter 5 Psychological Warfare .....105

1. The Conflict for the Minds of Men .....105
2. Propaganda .....111

Part 2: UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER

Chronology of World War II ......129


Chapter 6 The Policy of Unconditional Surrender .....135

1. Versailles to Pearl Harbor .....135
2. War Aims ..............138
3. Formulation of the Policy of Unconditional Surrender .....143
4. Emotional War .....149
5. Explanations and Attempts to Modify the Policy of Unconditional Surrender ..153
6. No Negotiations .....160

Chapter 7 Unconditional Surrender in Action .....173

1. Prolonged the War .....173
2. Italy -- the First Test of Unconditional Surrender .....177
3. The Fight to the End in Germany .....181
4. Japan's Struggle To Terminate the War ...188
5. Political Vacuum and the Morgenthau Plan .....196
6. The Political-Military Problem .....205

Chapter 8 The Results ....227

1. A Big Mistake ....227
2. The Results--Victory for Communism .....231
3. Win the War, Lose the Peace .....234
4. Alliance with a Dictatorship .....238
5. The Postwar Period .....243
6. The Cost .....249

Part 3: VICTORY IN THE NUCLEAR AGE

Chapter 9 Spectrum of Conflict ..267

1. Tension .....271
2. Strife .....277
3. War .....284

Chapter 10 Stalemate in Korea .....295

1. United Nations Intervention .....295
2. Limited War--by Tacit Agreement ...301
3. The Great Debate ....307
4. Stalemate ....320
5. Who Won? .....326

Chapter 11 Cold War .....343

1. Freedom versus Force .....343
2. Ideological War .....348
3. Peace Is War! .....354

Chapter 12 Viet-Nam: Indochina II .....371

1. Indochina I--End of French Colonialism ...372
2. Indochina II--Ho Tries Again .....376
3. Disillusionment--Negotiations--End of LBJ ...382
4. Vietnamization--American Withdrawal ...387
5. Cambodia--Laos ....390
6. Victory? .....392
7. Defeat .....401
8. Indochina III .....406

Chapter 13 Concepts of Victory .....423

1. Victory to the Communist World .....426
2. Victory to the Third World .....439
3. Victory to the Free World .....447

Part 4: WAR AND VICTORY

Chapter 14 Is War the Solution? .....467

1. Is Peace Normal? .....467
2. The Plus and Minus of War ...471
3. Do Victors Win? .....474

Chapter 15 Total Victory ......483

1. Total Victory - Is It Worth It? ....483
2. Total Victory in the Nuclear Age ..489

Chapter 16 Victory in War ......501

Appendixes

1. Position of Selected American Officials ...515
2. Army Intelligence Division Study Opposing Soviet Entry in Pacific War ................517

Bibliography ...............521

Index .................557

TABLES AND FIGURES

Table 2.1 Costs of the War at a Glance .....48
Figure 4.1 German Aircraft Production ....83
Figure 4.2 German Combat Munitions Output ....84

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