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The remarkable hardcover success of Triumph Without Victory was evidence of the public's need for a three-dimensional behind-the-scenes account of the Gulf War. Now this acclaimed work is available in trade paperback, published to coincide with the war's second anniversary. 15 maps. The remarkable hardcover success of Triumph Without Victory was evidence of the public's need for a three-dimensional behind-the-scenes account of the Gulf War. Now this acclaimed work is available in trade paperback, published to coincide with the war's second anniversary. 15 maps.


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The remarkable hardcover success of Triumph Without Victory was evidence of the public's need for a three-dimensional behind-the-scenes account of the Gulf War. Now this acclaimed work is available in trade paperback, published to coincide with the war's second anniversary. 15 maps. The remarkable hardcover success of Triumph Without Victory was evidence of the public's need for a three-dimensional behind-the-scenes account of the Gulf War. Now this acclaimed work is available in trade paperback, published to coincide with the war's second anniversary. 15 maps.

36 review for Triumph Without Victory: The Unreported History of the Persian Gulf War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Stieb

    This is a cool concept for a book: it's US News putting together its reporting from the war, plus a bunch of postwar research and interviews. There's a fair amount of material in here I was unfamiliar with even though I'm now approaching double digits for books on the PG War. The account is easy to follow, thoroughly but not excessively detailed, and fair in its criticism. It does fall into a fairly straightforward account of the fighting itself in the last 150 pages or so, but there's not so mu This is a cool concept for a book: it's US News putting together its reporting from the war, plus a bunch of postwar research and interviews. There's a fair amount of material in here I was unfamiliar with even though I'm now approaching double digits for books on the PG War. The account is easy to follow, thoroughly but not excessively detailed, and fair in its criticism. It does fall into a fairly straightforward account of the fighting itself in the last 150 pages or so, but there's not so much military narrative that a lay person can't figure out what is happening. I recommend this book for someone looking for a comprehensive and not terribly long (400 pages) account of the war who also wants a balance between political and military history. Gordon and Trainor's account is way more military oriented, while Bush and Scowcroft's is almost totally political (as is Woodward's the commanders). The thesis of this book is basically that even though Bush did virtually everything right politically and militarily in this conflict, the US was still left with a highly incomplete victory in the end. SH survived, as did the core parts of his military (Republican Guard units). The US was constrained by the coalition, the UNSC resolutions, and its own better judgement about getting stuck in Iraq. Nevertheless, they couldn't get a clean break from Iraq, as the Kurdish and Shia refugee crises and the WMD issue kept the US engaged in a quasi war with Iraq for the next decade that never really cool off. I won't say that this volume really spells out this thesis really well. They aren't blaming the Bush team for this end point, although I can think of a few things they didn't think through all the way. I find the idea of triumph without victory compelling because it shows that very soon after the stunning military triumph of Desert Storm, the ambiguity of the postwar political situation became the world's biggest asterisk on the military victory. This is a key theme in my research and it was cool to see it spelled out here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Snow

    A quick first history of the First Gulf War, a good behind the scenes look at this 100 hour war.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas Naaktgeboren

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victor

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lyons

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

  7. 5 out of 5

    JP

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This is a "second draft" of history for the First Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991. This is a "second draft" of history for the First Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eric Williams

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brad Slavik

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bo

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christian Gacon

  18. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hanneman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Gazzelli

  22. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

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    N

  24. 4 out of 5

    Don Potts

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul Burkhart

  27. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

  31. 5 out of 5

    Maximus Bains

  32. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Sullivan

  33. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  34. 5 out of 5

    Michael Lewis

  35. 4 out of 5

    Sean White

  36. 5 out of 5

    Karyn Smith

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