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Failing to Win

Perceptions of Victory and Defeat in International Politics

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$37.00 • £26.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674023246

Publication: October 2006


360 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 maps; 30 charts


This is one of those books that leads the reader to ask why it had not been done before. I am amazed that both academics and members of the interested public had generally assumed that in most cases it was self-evident who had won or lost an encounter. The authors show that this is simply not the case, and in doing so have put this important question on our agenda.—Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University