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The first three editions of A Quick and Dirty Guide to War not only provided essential tools for understanding wars and hot spots around the world, they delivered remarkably accurate projections on the outcomes of each conflict. War-game simulation specialists James F. Dunnigan and Austin Bay have revised their highly regarded analyses, bringing up to date not only the man The first three editions of A Quick and Dirty Guide to War not only provided essential tools for understanding wars and hot spots around the world, they delivered remarkably accurate projections on the outcomes of each conflict. War-game simulation specialists James F. Dunnigan and Austin Bay have revised their highly regarded analyses, bringing up to date not only the many conventional conflicts around the world today but the new battlegrounds that have emerged since the previous edition was published more than a decade ago - the Global War on Terror, counterinsurgency struggles around the world and the latest frontier of modern combat: cyber war. This fourth edition takes up where the last edition left off and analyzes the monumental events that have occurred since 1996 - September 11, the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - while guiding readers through dozens of other significant developments around the globe, including the tinderbox situation with Iran and oil flow through the Persian Gulf; the final disintegration of Yugoslavia; the struggle for regional influence between Brazil, Colombia and Hugo Chávez's Venezuela; Israel's attempts to deal with a fragmented Palestine Liberation Organization; China and India's growing influence in Asia and beyond; ongoing chaos and suffering on the Horn of Africa; Russia's struggle to reassert itself on the world stage; and much more. Dunnigan and Bay present an enormous amount of information in a series of concise, insightful briefings coupled with their shrewd projections of potential outcomes, making A Quick and Dirty Guide to War a thought-provoking reference on the face of war in the 21st century.


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The first three editions of A Quick and Dirty Guide to War not only provided essential tools for understanding wars and hot spots around the world, they delivered remarkably accurate projections on the outcomes of each conflict. War-game simulation specialists James F. Dunnigan and Austin Bay have revised their highly regarded analyses, bringing up to date not only the man The first three editions of A Quick and Dirty Guide to War not only provided essential tools for understanding wars and hot spots around the world, they delivered remarkably accurate projections on the outcomes of each conflict. War-game simulation specialists James F. Dunnigan and Austin Bay have revised their highly regarded analyses, bringing up to date not only the many conventional conflicts around the world today but the new battlegrounds that have emerged since the previous edition was published more than a decade ago - the Global War on Terror, counterinsurgency struggles around the world and the latest frontier of modern combat: cyber war. This fourth edition takes up where the last edition left off and analyzes the monumental events that have occurred since 1996 - September 11, the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - while guiding readers through dozens of other significant developments around the globe, including the tinderbox situation with Iran and oil flow through the Persian Gulf; the final disintegration of Yugoslavia; the struggle for regional influence between Brazil, Colombia and Hugo Chávez's Venezuela; Israel's attempts to deal with a fragmented Palestine Liberation Organization; China and India's growing influence in Asia and beyond; ongoing chaos and suffering on the Horn of Africa; Russia's struggle to reassert itself on the world stage; and much more. Dunnigan and Bay present an enormous amount of information in a series of concise, insightful briefings coupled with their shrewd projections of potential outcomes, making A Quick and Dirty Guide to War a thought-provoking reference on the face of war in the 21st century.

30 review for A Quick & Dirty Guide to War: Briefings on Present & Potential Wars, 4th Edition: The Tools for Understanding the Global War on Terror, Cyber War, Iraq, ... Colombia, Mexico, and Other Hot Spots

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clayton

    It's thirty years old, and it's sorta hilarious how wrong the read of the situations were. Was interesting that it was a choose your own adventure sort of thing, after the briefing. Overall, not great. It's thirty years old, and it's sorta hilarious how wrong the read of the situations were. Was interesting that it was a choose your own adventure sort of thing, after the briefing. Overall, not great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Void lon iXaarii

    A massive very impressive book full of amazing research (to be honest i'm amazed it's not classified top secret, some info is really deep, cutting and honest). A fascinating book!!! I was gripped through and through. I thought i'd lose interest when it moved to non-western interest world but even there the depth of the analysis was so good as to be at least entertaining. What i reeeeallly appreciated about the book was how it was so cold and rational in the analysis where on such subjectmatter p A massive very impressive book full of amazing research (to be honest i'm amazed it's not classified top secret, some info is really deep, cutting and honest). A fascinating book!!! I was gripped through and through. I thought i'd lose interest when it moved to non-western interest world but even there the depth of the analysis was so good as to be at least entertaining. What i reeeeallly appreciated about the book was how it was so cold and rational in the analysis where on such subjectmatter people generally switch to soft and fluffy as they can't afford to talk directly. The perspective of the book is quite american and thus pro-interventionistic war in general, so those sections with most relevance should probably be taken with a grain of salt and healthy skepticism taking into consideration the perspective of the other parties, however all in all very lucid analysis and no-bullshit commentary, often amazingly condensed. Also interesting was that the authors dared to sometimes give predictions with probabilities. Respect for such reserachers. I may not fully agree either with the positions on many subjects or issues/solutions proposed, however I have for this book i the respect i have for a good dictionary: in terms of a compact, touch-every-subject i don't think i've encountered any other book giving such a sobre analysis of the recent past (opinions as recent as 20 years, which is cutting edge really! most books only leak info over half a century old if that). Too bad it doesn't touch much/realistically on the geopolitics of the highpower western states in modern times, i can understand if the subject would've been too hot to handle as objectively as the rest... so as it is i'm thankful to the authors for cutting that out if that was the price for seeing such a high level of standard of research for what could be allowed politically. random memory: it was interesting how often when mentioning a country/region it would end by listing alphabetically all the interests of power in the area.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    I loved this book, but it does have a few glaring flaws. It might be the best bathroom book I have ever read. Written first in 1985, it is a sober look at all the world's hotspots with supporting maps, charts, and analysis. They got Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and the collapse of the soviet union wrong, but many of the other predictions/percentages ring true- even to this day, as many ethnic conflicts discussed here have flared into open war. Wonderful read as a historical document, a source for al I loved this book, but it does have a few glaring flaws. It might be the best bathroom book I have ever read. Written first in 1985, it is a sober look at all the world's hotspots with supporting maps, charts, and analysis. They got Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and the collapse of the soviet union wrong, but many of the other predictions/percentages ring true- even to this day, as many ethnic conflicts discussed here have flared into open war. Wonderful read as a historical document, a source for alternative histories, as a wargamer, as a military enthusiast, or as a regular person trying to make sense of the world. And serves as a really handy resource book as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joanne G. Rihm

    This was a book that hasn't had any updates in quite sometime. It deals with war, country by country---what our (the U.S) connnection is, what the relationship is like (good or bad), who has what (missles, armament etc...) Very interesting read for those who like history. This was a book that hasn't had any updates in quite sometime. It deals with war, country by country---what our (the U.S) connnection is, what the relationship is like (good or bad), who has what (missles, armament etc...) Very interesting read for those who like history.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kris Miller

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    Scott1492

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    Vasa68

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    Jeremy Creaghan

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