The Iraq War

The Iraq War

by John Keegan
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The Iraq War by John Keegan

Author of the acclaimed The Face of Battle, and, most recently, Intelligence in War, John Keegan now brings his extraordinary expertise to bear on perhaps the most controversial war of our time.

The Iraq War is an urgently needed, up-to-date and informed study of the ongoing conflict. In exclusive interviews with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks, Keegan has gathered information about the war that adds immeasurably to our grasp of its causes, complications, costs and consequences. He probes the reasons for the invasion and delineates the strategy of the American and British forces in capturing Baghdad; he examines the quick victory over the Republican Guard and the more tenacious and deadly opposition that has taken its place. He then analyzes the intelligence information with which the Bush and Blair administrations convinced their respective governments of the need to go to war, and which has since been strongly challenged in both countries. And he makes clear that despite the uncertainty about weapons of mass destruction, regime change, and the use and misuse of intelligence, the war in Iraq is an undeniably formidable display of American power.

The Iraq War is authoritative, timely and vitally important to our understanding of a conflict whose full ramifications are as yet unknown.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400043446
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/2004
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 789,048
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John Keegan’s books include Intelligence in War, The First World War, The Battle for History, The Face of Battle, War and Our World, The Mask of Command, Fields of Battle, and A History of Warfare. He is the defense editor of The Daily Telegraph (London). He lives in Wiltshire, England.

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Iraq War 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Keegan's version of history has a very glaring, fundamental factual error. On page 58, he claims that the Shah of Iran forced Saddam in 1975 to accept a re-division of the Shatt el-Arab waterway (which divides Iran and Iraq) in a manner that gave Iran full control over the waterway. This is factually incorrect. In fact, until 1975 the waterway was fully under Iraqi control, and in 1975 the two nations agreed to divide up the waterway along the Thalweg (the deepest part of the channel), with each nation controlling their own side of the waterway. Thus, Keegan's second point (on p. 60) that Saddam was 'driven' to invade Iran in 1980 when he concluded that he had 'no hope of settling the Shatt el-Arab dispute' with Khomeini in power in Iran, is double-incorrect: First, there was no dispute over the Shatt el-Arab (since the parties had already agreed to divide it along the Thalweg, contrary to Keegan's claim), and second: Saddam motives for attacking Iran extended well beyond the Shatt el-Arab & he made no secret of his desire to conquer and annex the entire oil-rich Iranian province of Khuzestan (he called it 'Arabistan') Also, while Keegan takes pains to explain (albeit inaccurately) the context of Saddam's attack on Iran, he does not do so with Saddam's attack on Kuwait (for example, no real discussion of the fact that Kuwait was historically part of Iraq.) The reader is left with the overall impression that Saddam's attack on Iran was somehow justified, but not attacking Kuwait. Such fundamental errors of fact and emphasis bring the accuracy of the rest of the book into question.
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This book just doesn't really tell you that much about the Iraq war, nothing more than what you would already know if you have been reading newspaper headlines for the last 4 or 5 years. But it does give an interesting life history of Saddam.