Blinders, blunders, and wars what America and China can learn

The history of wars caused by misjudgments, from Napoleon's invasion of Russia to America's invasion of Iraq, reveals that leaders relied on cognitive models, or simplified representations of their worlds, that were seriously at odds with objective reality. Blinders, Blunders, and Wars ana...

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Main Authors: Gompert, David C., Binnendijk, Hans (Author), Lin, Bonny (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Santa Monica, CA RAND 2014©2014, 2014
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • The Information Value Chain and the Use of Information for Strategic Decisionmaking
  • Napoleon's Invasion of Russia, 1812
  • The American Decision to Go to War with Spain, 1898
  • Germany's Decision to Conduct Unrestricted U-boat Warfare, 1916
  • Woodrow Wilson's Decision to Enter World War I, 1917
  • Hitler's Decision to Invade the USSR, 1941
  • Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • U.S.-Soviet Showdown over the Egyptian Third Army, 1973
  • China's Punitive War Against Vietnam, 1979
  • The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, 1979
  • The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, 1979
  • The Soviet Decision Not to Invade Poland, 1981
  • Argentina's Invasion of the Falklands (Malvinas), 1982
  • The U.S. Invasion of Iraq, 2003
  • Making Sense of Making Mistakes
  • Possible Remedies
  • The Sino-U.S. Case
  • Findings and Recommendations
  • Includes bibliographical references