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Rumsfeld's Wars: The Arrogance of Power

Rumsfeld's Wars: The Arrogance of Power

by Dale R. Herspring


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700615872
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 04/30/2008
Series: Modern War Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dale R. Herspring, a retired Foreign Service officer and 32-year veteran of the navy, is University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University and the author of The Pentagon and the Presidency: Civil-Military Relations from FDR to George W. Bush and many other books.

Table of Contents

1. The New Administration and Military Transformation
2. Rumsfeld Pushes Transformation
3. Rumsfeld, Reform, and Shinseki
4. Rumsfeld's War in Afghanistan and Preparations for Iraq
5. Finding a Reason to Overthrow Saddam: The Die is Cast
6. The Invasion of Iraq
7. Winning the War, Losing the Peace
8. Rumsfeld is Fired
Appendix: A Note on Methodology

What People are Saying About This

Charles Stevenson

With careful documentation and scathing analysis, Herspring demonstrates that Rumsfeld failed in far more than his management of the Iraq war. This conservative critique of the once-vaunted secretary of defense also exposes Rumsfeld's confused approach to military transformation and his arrogant handling of civil-military relations. (Charles Stevenson, author of SecDef: The Nearly Impossible Job of Secretary of Defense and Warriors and Politicians)

John A. Nagl

Rumsfeld's Wars is an important analysis of the impact of the most influential secretary of defense in several generations. . . . Highly recommended. (John A. Nagl, author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam)

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