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As an amateur historian I found this book to be interesting but would think twice about recommending it to someone who would like to sit down and read it from cover to cover. Mr. Clancy is a leading expert in modern military matters within the USA but he fails, among other things, to take into account the contribution form other members of the coalition. The book is also somewhat technical and neccesitates frequent reference to the previous pages as there is no Terminology Index. Those looking to buy this book will see Clancy's name and expect an action packed thriller of a book. They will be heavily disappointed. As factually accurate as the book may appear it is dull and uninteresting to those outside of the history genre. Clancy and Gen. Franks do also propose a very one-sided opinion of discussions with other high ranking officers which to this day seem unresolved. These arguments definitely take away from the flow of the book and cheapen it. Overall this is an interesting account of the Gulf War but should be used more as reference than as a daily account. A great book for those interested in the build up to and the fighting of The Gulf War should read Storm Command by General Sir Peter de la Billiere.
Tom Clancy's latest love-letter to the military-industrial complex focuses on the Army--and Fred Franks, a general who helped smash Iraq in the Gulf War. In this first volume of a series on the intricacies of military command, Clancy traces the organizational success story of the U.S. Army's rise from the slough of Vietnam to the heights of victory in the Persian Gulf. In 1972, the Army lacked proper discipline, training, weapons, and doctrine; all these would be overhauled in the next 15 years. For those readers keen on such nuts and bolts, the book will be fascinating. But the book truly sparkles when Franks tells his story. A "tanker" who lost a foot in the invasion of Cambodia, he is a man of great courage, thoughtfulness, and integrity. One cannot help but wince when a civilian tells him, "You and those boys did that for nothing." And for all the acronyms and military history, that is what this book is about: healing the wounds Vietnam inflicted. "But this time [the Gulf War], it was going to end differently. They all would see to that."