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Prof. Dominic Tierney examines traditions of U.S. militarism

Prof. Dominic Tierney, a political scientist who serves on the Peace and Conflict Studies steering committee, has been busy during this academic year! Let me draw your attention to his latest book and public commentary.

How We Fight: Crusades, Quagmires, and the American Way of War.

“How We Fight examines the American experience of war over the last two hundred years. The nation’s wars don’t repeat themselves, but they do rhyme. We like smiting tyrants, and we dislike dealing with the messy consequences. As we saw in Afghanistan and Iraq, this can be extremely dangerous for U.S. interests and values.”

Prof. Tierney discusses his work in a podcast of a lecture he delivered on campus


How We Fight is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

You can also read Professor Tierney’s November 2010 New York Times Op-Ed on constructive work by the U.S. military.

He appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered in November to discuss the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and themes (dark and hopeful) in the song that we might not usually consider.


He also wrote on the topic in The Atlantic where he writes a regular blog.

Other books by Tierney include:

Failing to win : perceptions of victory and defeat in international politics

FDR and the Spanish Civil War : neutrality and commitment in the struggle that divided America

As the popular nonviolent revolution in Egypt unfold today, I can point you to Prof. Tierney’s blog post “‘Our S.O.B.s’ and America’s Revolutionary Dilemma Abroad” at The Atlantic.