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Desert Victory: The War for Kuwait
Analyzes the Persian Gulf War, describes the strengths and weaknesses of the Coalition forces, and evaluates the strategies and weapons used in the war.
Paperback, 435 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by US Naval Institute Press
(first published July 1991)
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Norman Friedman is a tremendous naval historian, but this book simply lacks the detail and evidence needed for a full account of the Gulf War. It was published only a few months after the war ended, and it clearly could have used some time to let new sources come to light. The narrative is a fairly conventional version of the Gulf War story. His strongest point is that the US evaluation of the Iraqi military's strength focused too much on numbers rather than morale, command and control, skill, ...more
I guess the copy right date of 1991 should have been a clue as to how detailed this book could have been considering it was published within months of the end of Desert Storm. It doesn't take very long to realize that the author started this book during Desert Shield and then just filling in details as they developed. Much of the book is background information about the military, how they operate and how the scheme of maneuver was developed throughout the 1980's (AirLand Battle). While the book ...more
Norman Friedman is one of my favorite authors, and with good reason. He is one of the few military historians who can discuss politics and military combat equally well; this puts him on the same level as greats like Ike or Morison. Desert Victory is a prime example of this quality. It features indepth analyses of not only the diplomatic wrangling George Bush sr. had to do to convince America's allies to fight Saddam, but it details the strengths and weaknesses of both the allied and Iraqi forces ...more