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    DescriptionTwo of America's most distinguished military historians go beyond the blaring headlines, embedded videophone reports and Centcom briefings to analyze events in light of past military experience, present battleground realities and future expectations. The Iraq War puts the recent conflict into context. Drawing on their extensive military expertise, the authors assess the opposing aims of the Coalition forces and the Iraqi regime and explain the day-to-day tactical and logistical decisions of infantry and air command, as British and American troops moved into Basra and Baghdad. They simultaneously step back to examine long-running debates within the US Defense Department about the proper uses of military power and probe the strategic implications of those debates for America's buildup to this war. Surveying the immense changes that have occurred in America's armed forces between the Gulf conflicts of 1991 and 2003 - changes in doctrine as well as weapons - this volume reveals critical meanings and lessons about the new "American way of war" as it has unfolded in Iraq. Williamson Murray offers his insight as principal author of the operations volume of the Gulf War Air Power Survey, commissioned after the 1991 conflict in Kuwait. Major General Robert H. Scales, Jr., US Army retired, brings perspective as head of the Army's team of Gulf War historians. He also served as Commandant of the Army War College.


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    Title
    The Iraq War
    Subtitle
    A Military History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Williamson Murray, By (author) Brig. Gen. Robert H. Scales
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674012806
    ISBN 10: 0674012801
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JWL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBQ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 520
    DC22: 956.70443
    LC classification: DS79.76
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027170
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 52
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBQ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027060
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 956.7044/3/0973
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: DS79.76 .M87 2003
    Thema V1.0: JWL, NHG
    Illustrations note
    50 colour illustrations, 6 colour maps
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    04 November 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    Murray and Scales are serious military historians [and] have a knack for integrating tactical vignettes into their operational narrative . . . Details like these give the reader a bit of the taste and smell of the fighting. More important, [the authors] use them adroitly to highlight factors that shaped the thinking of American military commanders at key stages and to point out critical lessons about the conduct of modern war . . . What emerges from their book is a far more comprehensive view of a far more complicated war than the vast majority of readers may have gleaned from the snapshots provided by the news media during the 23 days of major combat operations.--Kenneth M. Pollack "New York Times Book Review "