From Lexington to Baghdad and Beyond / Edition 3

From Lexington to Baghdad and Beyond / Edition 3

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by Donald M Snow, Dennis M. Drew
     
 

Decisions about when, where, and why to commit the United States to the use of force, and how to conduct warfare and ultimately end it, are hotly debated not only contemporaneously but also for decades afterward. We are engaged in such a debate today, quite often without a solid grounding in the country's experience of war, both political and military. This book,

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Decisions about when, where, and why to commit the United States to the use of force, and how to conduct warfare and ultimately end it, are hotly debated not only contemporaneously but also for decades afterward. We are engaged in such a debate today, quite often without a solid grounding in the country's experience of war, both political and military. This book, by a political scientist and a career military officer and historian, is premised on the view that we cannot afford that kind of innocence.

Updated and revised with new chapters on the Afghan and Iraq wars, the book systematically examines twelve U.S. wars from the revolution to the present day. For each conflict the authors review underlying issues and events; political objectives; military objectives and strategy; political considerations; military technology and technique; military conduct, and "the better state of the peace," that is, the ultimate disposition of the original political goals.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765624024
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Maps

Preface

Introduction

1 War and Political Purpose

2 American Revolution

3 Civil War

4 World War I

5 World War II

6 Korean War

7 Vietnam War

8 Persian Gulf War

9 Afghanistan and the Post-9/11 Experience

10 Iraq War

11 America's Minor Wars

War of 1812

Mexican War

Spanish-American War

12 The American Experience

Selected Bibliography

Index

About the Authors

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