News Archive 2009-2018

Potholm Talks About Winning at War Archives

Chris Potholm, Bowdoin’s DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, discussed his book, Winning at War: 7 Keys to Military Victory Throughout History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), on the radio in Portland, Maine. Drawing on 40 years of studying and teaching war, Potholm offers a template comprising the following variables: technology, sustained ruthlessness, discipline, receptivity to innovation, protection of military capital from civilians and rulers, the centrality of superior will, and the belief that there will always be another war. Potholm also provides case studies from ancient battles to today demonstrating the implementation of these seven factors for success.  Listen to the broadcast…