Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization

Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization

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by Ralph Peters
     
 

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Endless War features controversial strategist Ralph Peters at his most provocative and popular, raising perceptive, often shocking questions others fear to ask. In a sweeping collection that ranges from Muslim military triumphs a thousand years ago through the turning of the tide between East and West to the brutal unconventional struggles of today and tomorrow,

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Endless War features controversial strategist Ralph Peters at his most provocative and popular, raising perceptive, often shocking questions others fear to ask. In a sweeping collection that ranges from Muslim military triumphs a thousand years ago through the turning of the tide between East and West to the brutal unconventional struggles of today and tomorrow, former Military Intelligence officer Peters extends his successful series of books on strategy and security affairs that have won him diehard fans for his insight, firsthand experience, and frankness.Endless War engages the toughest security issues of our time, including:• Does our Afghan war make sense? Can we win? Do we even have a strategy?• Has flawed military planning left our troops as virtual hostages in combat zones?• Can Israel survive? What would an Iranian nuclear arsenal mean for the world?• Is Islam a "religion of peace," or has the war between Islam and Western civilization continued virtually without interruption for almost fourteen centuries?• Why doesn't the greatest superpower in history win more often? Are we our own worst enemies?• Have we lost our sense of warfare's reality? Why don't we fight to win?• Do terrorist prisoners really deserve better treatment than American citizens?• What's the true price of striking serious history courses from our schools?• Who does deeper damage to the United States, our violent enemies or an arrogant ruling elite? In powerful prose combining clarity with passion, Ralph Peters continues to shape our country's military and strategic thought, while standing up for our troops and American values. No book on strategy or foreign affairs this year will be fiercer or more brutally honest. As ever more dark clouds gather over the world, this is a voice we need!

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Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
In his latest, author and columnist Peters (Fighting for the Future) puts the contemporary conflict between Islam and the West into the context of 14 centuries of warfare, making a clear and compelling case for rethinking the U.S. approach. When Muslim armies exploded out of Arabia in the 7th century, the armies of Dark Age Europe didn't know how to stop them. While the Muslims fought as a unified, cohesive army, the Europeans were loyal only to their feudal lords, fighting in small units, or simply man-to-man; fast-forward to the present of Iraq and Afghanistan, where the U.S.-led coalition is the unified force, while Islamist fanatics work as disorganized bands, attacking each other as often as coalition targets. Contrary to what Western leaders may think, Peters insists, the war on terrorism is a war of religion-at least for militant Islamists. From this vantage, Peters takes Western leaders to task for a 60 year policy of rational negotiation; in Peters's thorough analysis, the War on Terror is an emotionally-driven endeavor, and an effective strategy for victory will only arise once political and military leaders recognize the motives, internal and historical, that drive our foes.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811705509
Publisher:
Stackpole Books
Publication date:
02/25/2010
Pages:
273
Sales rank:
1,230,379
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Fox News Strategic Analyst Ralph Peters is the author of 27 books, including bestselling and prize-winning novels. He has experience in over 70 countries and, as a journalist, has covered multiple conflicts. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications and he serves on the advisory board of Armchair General magazine. He lives in Virginia.

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Endless War: Middle-Eastern Islam vs. Western Civilization 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Editor-ArmchairGeneral More than 1 year ago
Ralph Peters shows once again why he is today's most insightful strategist on global affairs in his latest "must read" collection representing his best recent columns and articles on today's most vitally important issue - the assault of militant Islam on Western civilization, values and culture. A retired U. S. Army intelligence officer whose globe-trotting has gained him valuable first-hand experience in over 70 countries (including Iraq and Pakistan's troubled Afghan border region), Peters is the author of 25 acclaimed books, a regular columnist in newspapers and magazines, and a popular on-air media strategist. While most contemporary pundits seem to be "lost in the weeds," content to carp about battlefield tactics and troop levels, Peters demonstrates his firm grasp of the Big Picture, the fundamental underlying nature of the struggle between militant Islam and the West that began fourteen centuries ago and still rages. Endless War's superb collection of essays, articles and columns - each one carefully selected by the author - represents a priceless primer on the 21st century's defining conflict. Peters' superbly argued introductory essay, "History and Hysteria" -- a plea for the importance of reading and understanding history - is alone worth the price of the book. The author's well-known provocative, hard-hitting, "tell-it-like-it-is" prose style has never been more compelling and revelatory. Endless War should be read by America's political and military decision-makers and by the public at large - before it's too late.
Robert_Colot More than 1 year ago
Once again, Ralph Peters has provided a superior compilation of his excellent essays. Mr. Peters sees the world as it really is instead of how we would like it to be. He notes that Islam and the West have been struggling for centuries. You will not find polical correctness in this book. His writing style is never bland or boring and he calls out those who are politically correct or hopelessly naive.
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FSV-USN More than 1 year ago
Anyone serious about national security needs to read this collection of essays (most written between 2007 and 2009), analyzing our feckless U.S. foreign and military policies, which steadily have progressed downhill since these pieces were written. The attitudes of our political leadership and media, fed by our declining educational emphasis on what America is all about, have rested on comfortable but unfounded platitudes that are costing us dearly and that severely threaten our freedoms. Ralph Peters is a retired Army intelligence officer with world-wide experience among the unwashed masses that passionately hate America for reasons that make no sense to us, and therefore cause our policy makers to make serial unrealistic misjudgments of cause and effect. It’s high time for our educators, politicians, and media to get real.
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