Author(s): Philip Bobbitt
For centuries, civilisation has been defined by epoch-making cycles of war and peace. But now our world has changed irrevocably. What faces us in this era of uncertainty? How do we protect ourselves against war machines that can penetrate the defences of any state? Is it too late to try? Visionary and prophetic, The Shield of Achilles looks back at history, at the 'long war' of 1914-1990 and at the future: the death of the nation-state and the birth of a new, terrifying kind of conflict without precedent in our history.
Philip Bobbitt teaches constitutional law at the University of Texas. He has held visiting fellowships at Nuffield College, Oxford and Kings College, London. He has served as Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on the Iran-Contra Affair, as well as Director of Intelligence and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. He has written previous books on nuclear strategy, social choice and constitutional law. He lives in Austin, Washington and London.