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The Generals' War : The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf

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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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Joseph Stieb
Jan 20, 2016 Joseph Stieb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Shawn
Sep 23, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it
“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
Al
Feb 23, 2011 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nikolai
Apr 29, 2007 Nikolai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, easy to read, gives insight into how modern military operations are planned and carried out.
John
Aug 09, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book! One of the best written histories I have read in a while. Slow read - very detailed, but wonderful.
Matt Danner
Feb 03, 2013 Matt Danner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detailed and thorough, but easy to read. The narrative moves along briskly. Overall, this is a good look at both the strategic decision-making as well as the operational details.
John Weibull
One of the best accounts of the first Gulf War and the liberation of Kuwait. Anyone wanting to understand the second Gulf War should read this book.
Ben
Oct 31, 2009 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
interesting background and insight into the operational working behind the scenes among the key players in Desert Shield/Storm
Terrence
I thought I would educate myself on recent American history. So far the going is slow but I'll finish it yet.

Finally finished this behemoth. I learned a lot, but it wasn't exactly riveting.
Justin
Book of the Year (1995) (Runner Up)
Michael
Aug 06, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, which casts light on many myths, stories, and hubris.
Tony
Sep 02, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going through it now for the second time while researching the Persian Gulf War for another paper I am writing.
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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.

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