Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991
Kenneth M. Pollack, formerly a Persian Gulf military analyst at the CIA and Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council, describes and analyzes the°military history of the six key Arab states?Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Syria?during the post?World War II era. He shows in detail how each Arab military grew and learned from its own experiences in response to the specific objectives set for it and within often constrained political, economic, and social circumstances. This first-ever overview of the modern Arab approach to warfare provides a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the Arab militaries, some of which are the United States? most likely adversaries, and some of which are our most important allies.
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Review: Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)User Review - George Serebrennikov - Goodreads
The book provides absolutely superb analysis of Arabs military performance in the second half of 20th century. Kenneth Pollack argues with a long-standing view that failure in strategic generalship ... Read full review
Review: Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)User Review - Jerel Wilmore - Goodreads
A very interesting read that looks at the military history of six Arab nations: Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Saudi Arabia from 1948 through 1991. The shorter version is that the Arab world hasn't produced very many good soldiers since the 8th century. Read full review