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The Generals' War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf

Gordon, Michael R. and General Bernard E. Trainor

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ISBN 10: 0316321729 / ISBN 13: 9780316321723
Published by Little, Brown, Boston, 1995
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Dated, inscribed, and signed by coauthor General Bernard Trainor on the title page: "January 1995 / To Jim S-- / H.C '66 / With warm personal regard / B. E. Trainor / Lt. Gen. USMC (ret)." Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $27.95); light edgewear at spine ends and corners; Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006301

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Title: The Generals' War: The Inside Story of the ...

Publisher: Little, Brown, Boston

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Taking readers behind the scenes, the chief Pentagon correspondent for the New York Times and a retired three-star general explain the allied coalition's military strategy and analyze what went right and wrong. 30,000 first printing.

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This inside view of the battle between high U.S. command officers in the conflict with Iraq is a fascinating and sustained analysis of the friction that takes place in real warfare. Writer Gordon teams with retired Marine general Bernard Trainor to record the struggles of the generals of the combined services in their endeavor to plan and execute the massive 500,000-troop movement that achieved the short and stunning victory over Iraqi forces. An important question is posed: Why didn't the generals press on to dismantle the Republican Guard of Saddam Hussein, and what were the consequences of their decision against such an act? The Air Force strategy called for constant precision bombing in the heart of Baghdad. Over 30 days of bombing weakened but did not finish off the enemy. The land attack, whose success was clearly foreshadowed, was concluded too soon and allowed Hussein to keep the Republican Guard intact. The authors believe that the cautious philosophy of General Colin Powell and the eagerness of General Norman Schwarzkopf to get out with an Army victory, combined with the decision of President Bush and his advisers, led to the unfortunate staying power of Saddam Hussein. The final conclusion is undeniable--the gate had not been closed in Iraq, and this book explains why. Eugene Sullivan

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