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Arabs at War, Arabs at War, 0803237332, 0-8032-3733-2, 978-0-8032-3733-9, 9780803237339, Kenneth M. Pollack, Studies in War, Society, and the Military, Arabs at War, 0803287836, 0-8032-8783-6, 978-0-8032-8783-9, 9780803287839, Kenneth M. Pollack, Studies in War, Society, and the Military, Arabs at War, 0803206860, 0-8032-0686-0, 978-0-8032-0686-1, 9780803206861, Kenneth M. Pollack, Studies in War, Society, and the Militar

Arabs at War
Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991
Kenneth M. Pollack

2002. 699 pp.
Illus., maps
$49.95 s
Out of Stock
2004. 717 pp.
36 maps, 3 tables, index
$32.95 t

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.

Kenneth M. Pollack is Olin Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

"A much needed analysis of Arab military capabilities. . . . A well-researched and thoughtful book. It is a ‘must read’ at the Pentagon, U.S. Central Command, and in all military and intelligence organizations that work on the Middle East.”—Middle East Journal

“An extremely valuable, compendious, and convincing military history of the contemporary Arab world, making this book a standard work of reference.”—Foreign Affairs

“[A] classic study.”—Newsweek

“This encyclopedic study will be of great interest to scholars, military planners and analysts, and policy makers. A must-read with Middle East ‘military balance’ studies, particularly those by Anthony H. Cordesman."—Choice

"Pollack achieves the dual purpose of analyzing the factors that have consistently hindered these armed forces and providing a robust assessment of their strengths and weaknesses during various battles. Since the experiences of these forces continue to shape military action around the world, this important overview belongs in all military research libraries and larger university libraries."—Library Journal

"A frank and statistically based historical assessment of Iraq's performance in war, along with the performances of Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991 begins with the first of Egypt's engagements with Israel, and ends with the Gulf War, devoting a chapter each to the aforementioned nations . . . and focusing on everything from preparedness to unit cohesion."—Publishers Weekly

“Pollack has written a truly interesting study that does beyond why Arab militaries have failed to gain victories. . . . Anyone interested in what impairs or enhances military effectiveness should read this book.”—Maj. Jim Gates, USAF, Air Power History

"A much needed, well-researched, and thoughtful work. It is a 'must read' at the Pentagon, US Central Command, and in all military and intelligence organizations that work on the Middle East. . . . The so-called 'experts' and 'talking heads' who have flooded the American media with their analyses of the coming war with Iraq would do well to read the chapter on that country's military history and performance."—John L. Moore, Middle East Journal

"Pollack has clearly mastered the main secondary sources and as much of the primary source material as is currently available."—Jewish Book World

"An outstanding analyses of Arab military fortunes in the modern world."—Paper Wars

Arabs at War is a well-written and thoroughly researched assessment of the military effectiveness of the armed forces of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Syria from 1948 to 1991.”—The Michigan Historical Review

“Kenneth Pollack has provided us not only with one of the finest examples of military writing of recent years, but also with a ground-breaking study, which will hopefully turn the attention of more Middle Eastern experts to military topics.”—Thomas Scheben, H-Net Reviews

History Book Club Selection
A Council on Foreign Relations Book
2003 Outstanding Academic Book, sponsored by Choice Magazine, selection

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