The Iraq War: A Military History by Williamson MurrayThe Iraq War: A Military History by Williamson Murray

The Iraq War: A Military History

byWilliamson Murray, Robert H. Scales

Paperback | September 28, 2005

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In this unprecedented account of the intensive air and ground operations in Iraq, two of America's most distinguished military historians bring clarity and depth to the first major war of the new millennium. Reaching beyond the blaring headlines, embedded videophone reports, and daily Centcom briefings, Williamson Murray and Robert Scales analyze events in light of past military experiences, 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 U.S. 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 is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analysis, Washington, D.C.
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Title:The Iraq War: A Military HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.81 inPublished:September 28, 2005Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674019687

ISBN - 13:9780674019683

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Gulf War, 1991

1. The Origins of War

2. The Opposing Sides

3. The Ground Campaign in Southern Iraq

4. The British War in the South

5. The Air War

6. The End of the Campaign

7. Military and Political Implications

Weapons of War

Notes

Acknowledgments and Sources

Index

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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.