I’ve read the book myself and agree with how exceptional it is. But here we have the same thing said in this article by Kori Schake who is Research Fellow and member, military history working group. The title of the article is War: The Gambling Man’s Game and this is the opening para:
Geoffrey Blainey’s The Causes of War is a genuinely wonderful book. I had it pressed on me by one of the Pentagon’s most thoughtful people, and while it’s not a new book, it should be at the top of the reading lists of people interested in international relations. Like much else in the book, Blainey is straightforward in his title: he is examining why wars occur. He quotes Clausewitz to the effect that of all the branches of human activity, war is the most like a gambling game, and Blainey’s approach is very much marked by game theory.
[Found at Instapundit.]