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The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis

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Why was the Navy ready to clear the skies over the Persian Gulf, yet surprised by the mines laid under it? Why is it that the Army is always prepared for war in Europe, but was caught off guard in Korea and Vietnam? And why is the Air Force indifferent to "Star Wars"?

In The Masks of War Carl H. Builder asks what motives lie behind the puzzling and often contradictory

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Rich
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
There are some very good aspects of and some very bad aspects of Carl Builder's The Masks of War: American Military Styles in Strategy and Analysis. For one, I do concur with the author's argument that the services do in fact have an inherent identity. To suggest otherwise is to convince oneself of a doe-eyed naivete that does not belong in military service. And although, at points, the author is loathe to explain too much in detail with regards to such, the inherent identity of the services ...more
Dan Etue
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Dated but accurate. It would be interesting to recommission this study.
Jonathan Z.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skimmed-books
The author personifies military branches, gives them personalities, and highlights how branches lie to Congress to get what they want.
Angela
Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Good book to read if you want to learn about service (Army, Navy, Air Force) identities within the U.S. military.
Barry Hunte
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good war strategy read
Leo
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav, war
Decades later the observations about the services still hold true.
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