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The Generals' War : The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf
In a unique combination of journalism and military expertise, Gordon, the chief defense correspondent for The New York Times, and retired three-star general Bernard Trainor provide a definitive, behind-the-scenes account and analysis of the planning and execution of the Persian Gulf War. Photos & maps.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 9th 1995 by Back Bay Books
(first published 1995)
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Took me a while to read this rather long and dense account of the military planning and campaigns of the Gulf War. This book is almost exclusively about the officers who planned and led the Gulf War campaigns, but it is quite good at presenting that history. The planning of air and ground operations, as well as the disputes between and within the branches, is extensively covered here. People who aren't military buffs or hate reading about bureaucratic arguments won't enjoy this book.
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“The General’s War” is the definitive history of the Gulf War. Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor, primarily for the U.S. perspective, tell the story Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. All the significant strategic, operational, and tactical aspects of the conflicts are covered and backed up with extensive and well documented research. The authors do an outstanding job explaining how while at face value the Gulf War was a great victory for the U.S. lead collation when it came to l ...more
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This multi-faceted reading provides an opportunity to assess a wide variety of crucial issues. It is particularly provocative in its treatment of civil-military relations and the national command structure, inter-service cooperation and rivalry in war planning and execution, the various strategic alternatives open to decision makers, the strengths and limitations of the high-tech RMA pioneered by the American armed forces, the limits of intelligence in piercing the fog of war, the formation of J ...more
MICHAEL R. GORDON is the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, where he has worked since 1985. He is the coauthor, with Bernard E. Trainor, of The Generals' War and Cobra II.More about Michael R. Gordon...