The Gulf Wars and the United States: Shaping the Twenty-First Century

The Gulf Wars and the United States: Shaping the Twenty-First Century

The Gulf Wars and the United States: Shaping the Twenty-First Century

The Gulf Wars and the United States: Shaping the Twenty-First Century


Set sail on a wonderful adventure in this toddler-friendly board book from award-winning, bestselling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers!

There once was a boye and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole.

But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasne(tm)t what the penguin was looking for after alle


The idea for this book came out of my earlier works on the Vietnam War and a general synthesis for U.S. international history during the twentieth century. The Gulf Wars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries were bookends to what looks like a generational war with characteristics similar to both the Vietnam conflict and the larger Cold War. For U.S. military and diplomatic historians, the Gulf Wars have been a reconstruction of those earlier conflicts, demonstrating similar processes and events that shed light on the continuing development of U.S. national security institutions.

Having said this, I do recognize that, for most historians, it is far too early to think about let alone write about these connected conflicts as history. For most practitioners, more than a few years in the case of the Iraq War, or a decade and a half in the case of the Gulf War, is sufficient time to conceptualize these complex phenomena as historical subjects. Only with reluctance, have I discussed the postwar events of the Second Gulf War. This was because the war termination phase for the 2003 conflict had not ended as of spring 2008, and the complexities of those events, not to mention the hard emotions of the times, argued against an attempt at writing about them. Nonetheless, the topic is so rich and important to contemporary political thought and analysis that I decided they should be included, even if my analysis is too contemporary to be historical.

Another advantage in waiting a generation or two would be the availability of primary sources. I believe I have overcome this obstacle for my purposes. There are in fact, huge source materials of greater importance that are within the public domain for both Gulf Wars and for the intermediary period of the Clinton administration. Since my level of analysis includes most importantly that of the . . .

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