Strategy of Action
Andre Beaufre's study of action in international relations
First UK edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, 136pp.
From the wrapper, "General Beaufre is already well known as the author of Introduction to Strategy and Deterrence and Strategy. To complete his triptych he now turns his logical and enquiring mind to the problem of 'Action'—governmental action in the field of international relationships. This is in a sense the counterpart of deterrence, preventing someone else doing something is deterrence, causing something to occur in spite of of the reactions of others is 'action'. With his special brand of logic and lucidity General Beaufre shows that in present-day international relationships, with the spectre of nuclear war ever-present in the background, coercion is no longer a function of the military alone; all forms of pressure, ranging from diplomatic procedures through economic and financial measures to war in all its graduated forms, must be combined into one co-ordinated action. It is General Beaufre's theme that this is most likely to be achieved if the strategic method of thought is extended to a wider field. This is a book which should be read by all those interested in contemporary international relations."
The book itself is in very good condition, but with some dusting and foxing to the pages' top edge. Neat previous owner's signature to the ffep (the historian John F Drinkwater). The dustwrapper is in good order but has some surface wear but has not been price-clipped.