Stock Image

Winning Ugly: Nato's War to Save Kosovo

Daalder, Ivo H.; O'Hanlon, Michael E.

30 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0815716966 / ISBN 13: 9780815716969
Published by Brookings Institution Press, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 2000
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
From Don's Book Store (Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since October 13, 1999 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 20.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.25 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

343 Pages indexed. Owner's name on front endpaper. Yellow highlighting on many of the first 200 pages. There is some very minor page wrinkling on the last several pages however there are no stains or other indication of moisture exposure. Beyond these noted defects iis a straight, bright book with no other marks or stamps. After eleven weeks of boming in the spring of 1999, the United States and Nato ultimately won the ar in Kosovo. Serbian troops were forced to withdraw, enabling an international military and political presence to take charge in the region. But was this war inevitable or was it the product of failed Western diplomacy prior to the conflict? And once it became necessary to use force, did Nato adopt a sound strategy to achieve its aim of stabilizing Kosovo? In the end NATO wond the war by increasing the scope and intensity of bombing, making serous plans for a ground invasion, and moving diplomacy into full gear in order to convince Belgrade that this was a war Serbia would never win. The authors conclude that the crisis holds important diplomatic and military lessons that must be learned so that others in the future might avoid the mistakes that were made in this case. Contents in Six Chapters: Introduction, The Escalating Crisis, The Road to War, Losing the War, Winning the War, and Conclusions and Policy Implications. Three Appendices: Chronology, Military Issues in Operatios Allied Force, and Documents. Plus Notes. Size: 6 1/2" X 9 1/2". Bookseller Inventory # 9509

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Winning Ugly: Nato's War to Save Kosovo

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Back

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Printing.

About this title

Synopsis:


After eleven weeks of bombing in the spring of 1999, the United States and NATO ultimately won the war in Kosovo. Serbian troops were forced to withdraw, enabling an international military and political presence to take charge in the region. But was this war inevitable or was it the product of failed western diplomacy prior to the conflict? And once it became necessary to use force, did NATO adopt a sound strategy to achieve its aims of stabilizing Kosovo? In this first in-depth study of the Kosovo crisis, Ivo Daalder and Michael O'Hanlon answer these and other questions about the causes, conduct, and consequences of the war. Based on interviews with many of the key participants, they conclude that notwithstanding important diplomatic mistakes before the conflict, it would have been difficult to avoid the Kosovo war. That being the case, U.S. and NATO conduct of the war left much to be desired. For more than four weeks, the Serbs succeeded where NATO failed, forcefully changing Kosovo's ethnic balance by forcing 1.5 million Albanians from their home and more than 800,000 from the country. Had they chosen to massacre more of their victims, NATO would have been powerless to stop them. In the end, NATO won the war by increasing the scope and intensity of bombing, making serious plans for a ground invasion, and moving diplomacy into full gear in order to convince Belgrade that this was a war Serbia would never win. The Kosovo crisis is a cautionary tale for those who believe force can be used easily and in limited increments to stop genocide, mass killing, and the forceful expulsion of entire populations. Daalder and O'Hanlon conclude that the crisis holds important diplomatic and military lessons that must be learned so that others in the future might avoid the mistakes that were made in this case.


Review:

Winning Ugly is the first serious book to assess NATO's first war--an 11-week bombing campaign waged against Serbia to force its troops out of Kosovo in the spring of 1999. The authors, Ivo H. Daalder and Michael O'Hanlon, both of the Brookings Institution, are careful scholars, and they are generally supportive of what the United States and its allies did: "The outcome achieved in Kosovo, while hardly without its problems, represented a major improvement over what had prevailed in the region up to that point and certainly over what would have happened had NATO chosen not to intervene." Yet they are also critical of how this particular approach was formulated by policymakers, and they readily believe better results might have been achieved. In other words, the air war was a success, but a relative one; the good guys won, but--as the title implies--they won ugly.

Daalder and O'Hanlon sometimes equivocate--"Could war in Kosovo have been prevented? The answer, we believe, is maybe"--yet Winning Ugly is an excellent summary of what happened and why it happened the way it did. On the question of whether Operation Allied Force actually prevailed, something skeptics have questioned, they write: "The vast majority of Kosovars are far better off today.... [Slobodan] Milosevic unquestionably lost the war, and his defeat was overwhelming." This is a foreign-policy wonk's book, a sober analysis that tries to draw clear lessons from experience. It's not only the first book worth examining for readers interested in what happened in Kosovo; it may be the best available for some time. --John J. Miller

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

General line of new and used paperback and hardback books.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Money Order, Master Card, Visa, or Discover.

All books fully returnable provided notification and request for shipping
instructions made within 7 days of receipt. Buyer responsible for return
shipping costs unless book is not as described.

New Mexico residents are charged an additional 7.00 for sales tax.

Store Hours: 9am to 6pm Mountain Time Tuesday thru Saturday for walk in and
phone orders.

Don's Paperback Book Exchange
1013 San Mateo SE Albuquerque, NM USA 87108
Phone 505-268-0520
Email Sale...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Cash