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A nation must think before it acts.
Michael C. Horowitz, Allan C. Stam, Cali M. Ellis. Why Leaders Fight. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 228 pp. $29.99 (paper), ISBN 978-1-107-65567-6.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Saunders (George Washington University)
Published on H-Diplo (July, 2016)
Commissioned by Seth Offenbach
“Horowitz, Stam, and Ellis do an excellent job painting an appropriately cautious but nuanced picture of the role of gender, contributing to an emerging line of research on gender and conflict. Given that the United States may elect its first female leader in 2016, interest in the topic will only grow, and Horowitz, Stam, and Ellis’s discussion is an important benchmark. More generally, their theoretical and empirical contribution to the study of leaders will be felt for years—and many more presidential election cycles—to come.”