Bushs Wars

Paperback | March 15, 2013

byTerry H. Anderson

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From journalistic accounts like Fiasco and Imperial Life in the Emerald City to insider memoirs like Jawbreaker and Three Cups of Tea , the books about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could fill a library. But each explores a narrow slice of a whole: two wars launched by a singlepresident as part of a single foreign policy. Now noted historian Terry H. Anderson examines them together, in a single comprehensive overview.Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush told advisor Karl Rove, "I am here for a reason, and this is how we're going to be judged." Anderson provides this judgment in this sweeping, authoritative account of Bush's War on Terror and his twin interventions.He begins with historical surveys of Iraq and Afghanistan known respectively as "the improbable country" and "the graveyard of empires," and he examines U.S. policies toward those and other nations in the Middle East from the 1970s to 2000. Then Anderson focuses on the Bush Administration, carrying us through such events as the terrorist's attacks of 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and the siege of Tora Bora, the "Axis of Evil" speech, the invasion of Iraq and capture of Baghdad, and the eruption of insurgency in Iraq. He ranges fromRPGs slamming into Abrams tanks to cabinet meetings, vividly portraying both soldiers in the field and such policymakers as Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. Anderson describes the counter-insurgency strategy embodied by the "surge" in Iraq, and the simultaneous revival of the Taliban. He concludeswith an assessment of the prosecution of the wars in the first years of Barack Obama's presidency, as well as an overview of conflict's continuation in the later years of the Obama administration.Carefully researched and briskly narrated, Bush's Wars provides the single-volume, balanced history that we have been waiting for.

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From journalistic accounts like Fiasco and Imperial Life in the Emerald City to insider memoirs like Jawbreaker and Three Cups of Tea , the books about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could fill a library. But each explores a narrow slice of a whole: two wars launched by a singlepresident as part of a single foreign policy. Now ...

Terry H. Anderson is Professor of History at Texas AandM University. A Vietnam veteran, he has taught in Malaysia and Japan, and was a Fulbright professor in China and the Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin. He is the author of numerous articles on the 1960s and the Vietnam War, co-author o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199975825

ISBN - 13:9780199975822

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PrefaceIntroduction East: The Improbable Country and the Graveyard of EmpiresIntroduction West: The United States, Saddam, and al Qaeda, 1970s-20001. Bush, bin Laden, and the Pinnacle of World Sympathy2. Rush To War3. Operation Iraqi Freedom4. Bush's WarEpilogue: ObamaConcluding Remarks and Legacies