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Days of Infamy: Military Blunders of the 20th Century

Coffey, Michael

ISBN 10: 0736650482 / ISBN 13: 9780736650489
Published by Books on Tape, 2001
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Title: Days of Infamy: Military Blunders of the ...

Publisher: Books on Tape

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:Good

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Explores such military disasters as the sinking of the "Lusitania," the Battle of the Bulge, the Bay of Pigs, and the Gorbachev Coup.


This compendium of military mishaps shows how poor decision-making often leads to catastrophe. In a series of short chapters ideal for subway rides and waiting rooms, Michael Coffey shows how even relatively small misjudgments have become historical turning points. Many of his topics are familiar, such as how the Treaty of Versailles ending the First World War laid the groundwork for an even larger conflict 20 years later. Hitler's military miscalculations--thinking the British would negotiate a peace after Dunkirk, invading Russia, declaring war on the United States--receive prominent attention. Allied leaders also committed plenty of blunders, such as the collapse of British defenses in Singapore and Malaysia, the fruitless bombing of Monte Cassino in Italy, and premature attempts to liberate Arnhem (the subject of the film A Bridge Too Far). More recent events receive coverage, too, including the Bay of Pigs, the disastrous mission in 1980 to free American prisoners in Iran, and Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Some sections are much stronger than others, and readers already familiar with certain wars probably won't learn much from their coverage. Yet Coffey calls attention to an important consideration: mistakes are endemic in war, and victory often goes not to leaders who execute brilliantly planned maneuvers but those who simply avoid error. --John J. Miller

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