Kenneth Payne is a political psychologist and lecturer in Defence Studies at King's College London. He is also a research associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University.
'Kenneth Payne uses an intriguing blend of Clausewitz, international relations and contemporary psychological research to illuminate key episodes in the Vietnam War while challenging rational actor accounts of strategy.' * Lawrence Freedman, author of Strategy: A History * 'Armed conflict is a clash of wills, a violent effort often to change other's minds. Fluently, pithily and precisely, Kenneth Payne delves into the psychology of strategy. His study powerfully taps into the unconscious drives of rulers as they wade further into wars they only partly comprehend. Payne's judgements will not attract universal agreement, but his study offers an important infrared lens to decision makers as they struggle to know themselves.' * Patrick Porter, Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Exeter, author of The Global Village: Distance, War and the Limits of Power * 'This is the best book on strategy since Clausewitz. Like his Prussian predecessor Payne weaves together history, theory, psychology and uncertainty into a rich intellectual fabric which should appeal to scholars, military officers and policymakers alike.' * Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory, King's College London * 'Payne makes a strong case that a psychological approach to understanding strategic behaviour can inform both historical understanding of and responses to contemporary threats to national and international security ... The author's inventory of biases that can lead to unwise decision-making will be of particular value to those who inform national-security decision-making.' * Survival *