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Lewis, John 1955-2012

Works: 6 works in 25 publications in 1 language and 1,578 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by John Lewis
Nothing less than victory : decisive wars and the lessons of history by John Lewis( Book )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The goal of war is to defeat the enemy's will to fight. But how this can be accomplished is a thorny issue. This work shows that aggressive, strategic military offenses can win wars and establish lasting peace, while defensive maneuvers have often led to prolonged carnage, indecision, and stalemate. Taking an ambitious and sweeping look at six major wars, from antiquity to World War II, the author shows how victorious military commanders have achieved long term peace by identifying the core of the enemy's ideological, political, and social support for a war, fiercely striking at this objective, and demanding that the enemy acknowledges its defeat. He examines the Greco Persian and Theban wars, the Second Punic War, Aurelian's wars to reunify Rome, the American Civil War, and the Second World War. He considers successful examples of overwhelming force, such as the Greek mutilation of Xerxes' army and navy, the Theban led invasion of the Spartan homeland, and Hannibal's attack against Italy, as well as failed tactics of defense, including Fabius's policy of delay, McClellan's retreat from Richmond, and Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler. He shows that a war's endurance rests in each side's reasoning, moral purpose, and commitment to fight, and why an effectively aimed, well planned, and quickly executed offense can end a conflict and create the conditions needed for long term peace. Recognizing the human motivations behind military conflicts, this work makes a powerful case for offensive actions in pursuit of peace
Early Greek lawgivers by John Lewis( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ideal first introduction to the establishment of law in ancient Greece. · Written for late school and early university students. Early Greek Lawgivers examines the men who brought laws to the early Greek city-states, as an introduction both to the development of law and to the basic issues in early legal practice. The lawgiver was a man of special status, who could resolve disputes without violence, and who brought a sense of order to his community. Figures such as Minos of Crete, Lycurgus of Sparta and Solon of Athens resolved the chaos of civil strife by bringing comprehensive norms of ethical conduct to their fellows, and establishing those norms in the form of oral or written laws. Arbitration, justice, procedural versus substantive law, ethical versus legal norms, and the special character of written laws, form the background to the examination of the lawgivers themselves. Crete, under king Minos, became an example of the ideal community for later Greeks, such as Plato. The unwritten laws of Lycurgus established the foundations of the Spartan state, in contrast with the written laws of Solon in Athens. Other lawgivers illustrate particular issues in early law; for instance, Zaleucus on the divine source of laws; Philolaus on family law; Phaleas on communism of property; and Hippodamus on civic planning
Solon the Thinker : political thought in archaic Athens by John Lewis( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gator blue by John Lewis( Recording )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

PASCAL for professionals by John Lewis( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prisoner of gravity by John Lewis( Recording )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Nothing less than victory : decisive wars and the lessons of history
Alternative Names
John David Lewis American academic

Lewis, John David 1955-2012

English (25)

Early Greek lawgiversSolon the Thinker : political thought in archaic Athens