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This account of the Gulf War reveals its importance from a military and political point of view, highlighting how modern military technology made possible, with relative ease, a victory that would have been nearly impossible by traditional means. It has become fashionable to trivialize the impressive military achievements of the Coalition victory over Iraq, but Bin, Hill, and Jones demonstrate that the Gulf War represents a defining moment in military and political history. The text includes numerous firsthand eyewitness accounts.
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Editorial Reviews

An account of the Gulf War, covering Arab, European, and US participation and offering new, sometimes controversial interpretations. Draws on primary sources such as military accounts and interviews with participants. Firsthand accounts from soldiers show the face of war and dispel the image that Desert Storm was a collection of aseptic surgical strikes. Accounts are placed in context with connecting summary narratives of events and economic, military, and statistical analyses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From the Publisher
"Desert Storm is a valuable addition to the growing body of knowledge about the Gulf War. Rightly, the authors raise as many questions as they answer, reflecting thoughtful research and thoughtful consideration of what they found. Their reach is broad and genuinely supports understanding of both the political and military themes in the Gulf War."


The Journal of Military History

"[W]ell-written, thoroughly documented and, therefore, a must for military historians as well as the general reader with an interest in current affairs."


Military and Naval History Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275963200
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/9/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 1,003,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ALBERTO BIN holds a Ph.D from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the Deputy Director of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta, and holder of the Chair of Mediterranean Diplomacy and Relations.

RICHARD HILL holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Harvard University and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked for the National Bureau of Economic Research and other organizations as a statistician and an economic analyst, and has taught at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland. He has visited the Middle East several times.

ARCHER JONES is Professor Emeritus at North Dakota State University. He also served as Director of the Institute for Regional Studies which sponsored research and served as the University's press. He is author of numerous articles on military and economic history, and he jointly authored three award-winning Civil War books. His books include Elements of Military Strategy: An Historical Approach (Praeger Publishers, 1996).

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Table of Contents

1 Why Did Iraq Invade Kuwait? 1
2 The Path to War 17
3 Was War Inevitable? 51
4 The Balance of Forces 63
5 Day 1 and the Battle for the Air 83
6 Military Operations: Day 2 to 38 95
7 Political Reactions: Day 2 to 38 137
8 The Land Battle: 100 Hours 145
9 Analysis of the Coalition Victory 209
Glossary 255
Selected Bibliography 267
Index 277
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