Bush's Wars

ISBN-10: 0199975825
ISBN-13: 9780199975822
Edition: 2013
Author(s): Terry H. Anderson
Description: From journalistic accounts likeFiascoandImperial Life in the Emerald Cityto insider memoirs likeJawbreakerandThree Cups of Tea, the books about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could fill a library. But each explores a narrow slice of a whole:  More...
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Copyright Year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication Date: 3/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

From journalistic accounts likeFiascoandImperial Life in the Emerald Cityto insider memoirs likeJawbreakerandThree Cups of Tea, the books about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could fill a library. But each explores a narrow slice of a whole: two wars launched by a single president as part of a single foreign policy. Now noted historian Terry H. Anderson examines them together, in a single comprehensive overview.Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush told advisor Karl Rove, "I am here for a reason, and this is how we're going to be judged." Anderson provides this judgment in this sweeping, authoritative account of Bush's War on Terror and his twin interventions. He begins with historical surveys of Iraq and Afghanistan known respectively as "the improbable country" and "the graveyard of empires," and he examines U.S. policies toward those and other nations in the Middle East from the 1970s to 2000.Then Anderson focuses on the Bush Administration, carrying us through such events as the terrorist's attacks of 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and the siege of Tora Bora, the "Axis of Evil" speech, the invasion of Iraq and capture of Baghdad, and the eruption of insurgency in Iraq. He ranges from RPGs slamming into Abrams tanks to cabinet meetings, vividly portraying both soldiers in the field and such policymakers as Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. Anderson describes the counter-insurgency strategy embodied by the "surge" in Iraq, and the simultaneous revival of the Taliban. He concludes with an assessment of the prosecution of the wars in the first years of Barack Obama's presidency, as well as an overview of conflict's continuation in the later years of the Obama administration.Carefully researched and briskly narrated,Bush's Warsprovides the single-volume, balanced history that we have been waiting for.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction East: The Improbable Country and the Graveyard of Empires
Introduction West: The United States, Saddam, and al Qaeda,1970s-2000
Bush, bin Laden, and the Pinnacle of World Sympathy
Rush to War
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bush's War
Epilogue: Obama
Concluding Remarks and Legacies
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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