Military Review

Professional military journal (English, Spanish and Portuguese).

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 4, July-August

Afternoon of the Rising Sun: The Battle of Leyte Gulf
Kenneth I. Friedman, Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 2001, 414 pages, $29.95. Finding a book about a single battle of World War II where the battle is not the one that "turned the tide" for the allies is difficult. In Afternoon of the Rising Sun: The...
Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen: The Muslim Brotherhood
WITHOUT CLOSELY examining Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimeen (the Muslim Brotherhood) founded in Egypt in 1928, it is impossible to try to understand modern Islamic radicalism. Al-Ikhwan was the first of its kind to politicize Islam within the context of the colonial...
China since Tiananmen: The Politics of Transition
Joseph Fewsmith, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2001, 320 pages, $26.95. Joseph Fewsmith, a historian who began his scholarly career by investigating the attempts of Shanghai commercial and political elites to create a civil society between...
Civil War: Acoustic Shadows
Charles D. Ross, White Mane Books, Shippensburg, PA, 2001, 174 pages, $24.95. In Civil War: Acoustic Shadows, Charles D. Ross explains how the scientific occurrence called "acoustic shadow" affected the critical decisions of commanders during seven...
Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy
Russell A. Hart, Lynne Rinner Publishers. Boulder, CO, 2001, 469 pages, $79.95. In Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy, Russell A. Hart has captured, through intense research, the correlation between U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and German...
Doctrine for Asymmetric Warfare
ANY DISCUSSION of doctrine and asymmetry must begin by acknowledging the tension inherent between the role of doctrine and the nature of asymmetry in warfare. Doctrine should succinctly express the collective wisdom about how U.S. Armed Forces conduct...
Eisenhower and Churchill: The Partnership That Saved the World
James C. Humes, Prima Publishers, Roseville, CA, 2001, 256 pages, $24.95. Eisenhower and Churchill: The Partnership that Saved the World, by James C. Humes, fails to show a partnership, and it fails to show how Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill...
Fighting with the Screaming Eagles: With the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne
Robert M. Bowen, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2001, 256 pages, $29.95. In 1943 Robert Bowen did what most patriotic Americans were doing--he enlisted in the Army to serve his country. Like many young men, he served faithfully until the war's...
Four Years with the Iron Brigade: The Civil War Journal of William Ray
Lance Herdegen an Sherry Murphy, eds., Da Capo Press, New York, 2002, 446 pages, $27.50. Much had been written about the Union Iron Brigade's exploits during the American Civil War. The Iron Brigade, which participated in nearly every major engagement...
From Battlefield to Boardroom: Winning Management Strategies for Today's Global Business
Dennis Laurie, Palgrave, NY, 2001, 263 pages, $24.95. In his book, From Battlefield to Boardroom, Dennis Laurie asserts that "It]he strategies of war are also the strategies of business." He proposes a formula to generate winning business strategies...
Grant's Lieutenants, Volume I: From Cairo to Vicksburg
Steven E. Woodworth, ed., University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 2001, 264 pages, $29.95. Inspired by Douglas Southall Freeman's classic Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command: Gettysburg to Appomattox (MacMillan Publishing Company, NY, 1986), editor...
Hamas, Understanding the Organization
In Darb Al-Ashwaak: Hamas, Al-Intifada, Al-Sultah (Pinprick Strikes: Hamas, the Intifadah and Leadership), (Dar-al-Shirook Press, Nablus, Gaza and Ramalah, translated by Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, 2002), Emaad Abdul-Hameed Al-Falooji gives Middle Eastern...
Happiness Is Not My Companion: The Life of General G.K. Warren
David M. Jordan, Indiana Uni versity Press, Bloomington, 2001, 401 pages, $35.00. General Gouverneur K. Warren, a regimental, brigade, and corps commander as well as a chief engineer of the Army of the Potomac, is a tragic figure of the American...
Indonesia's Transformation and the Stability of Southeast Asia
Angel M. Rabasa, Peter Chalk, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 100 pages, $15.00. Indonesia's Transformation and the Stability of Southeast Asia is a report the RAND Corporation prepared for the U.S. Air Force to assess the rapid changes...
Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw
Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2001, 400 pages, $25.00. At the twilight of the Reagan's Bush era, Pablo Escobar reigned at the pinnacle of the illegal drug trade Wealthy beyond avarice and argubly the most powerful criminal on the...
MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines
Richard Connaughton, The Overlook Press, Woodstock, NY, 2001, 394 pages, $35.00. More than a generation after he died, General Douglas MacArthur still generates interest and controversy. In MacArthur and Defeat in the Philippines, Richard Connaughton,...
Making War, Thinking History: Munich, Vietnam and Presidential Uses of Force from Korea to Kosovo
Jeffrey Record, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2002, 216 pages, $28.95. Every U.S. president who has agonized over the application of force when making the final decision to go to war relies on history, precedent, and personal experience...
Mentoring: Building a Legacy
Mentoring is capturing the attention of many in the military today. Therefore, the new generation of Army leaders should master the latest mentoring techniques. Fortunately, no one has a solid idea of what mentoring really is, so it is possible to...
Moltke and the German Wars, 1864-1871
Arden Bucholz, Palgrave Publishers, NY, 2001, 240 pages, $21.95. What do modern militaries owe to old Prussia? According to Arden Bucholz, quite a bit. However, the unhappy memories associated with two world wars have warped our view of 19th-century...
Nightmare on IWO
Patrick F. Caruso, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2001, 164 pages, $23.95. The battle for Iwo Jima, which took place over 50 years ago, is still the battle that many believe defines today's Marine Corps. Iwo Jima is the only battle in Marine...
Precision Firepower: Smart Bombs, Dumb Strategy
You mayfly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it and wipe it clean of life--but if you desire to defend it, to protect it, and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did, by putting...
Renaissance of the Attack Helicopter in the Close Fight
Americans define war as being waged against a uniformed, disciplined, opposing state's armed forces, the sort who will fight fairly, the way the Americans do. --Daniel P. Bolger (1) THE FACT THAT I am writing this article at an Iraqi airfield...
River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
Peter Hessler, HarperCollins Publishers, NY, 2001, 402 pages, $26.00. After obtaining literature degrees at Princeton and Oxford, Peter Hessler joined the Peace Corps and for 2 years taught English literature at Fuling Teachers College in Sichuan,...
Sherman: A Soldier's Life
Lee Kennett, HarperCollins Publishers, NY, 2001, 426 pages, $35.00. For nearly a century and a half, General William Tecumseh Sherman has served as an enigmatic example of the cataclysmic nature of what the renowned Prussian theorist Carl von Clausewitz...
Stalin and the Soviet-Finnish War, 1939-1940
Alexander O. Chubaryan and Harold Shuklman, eds., Frank Cass, London. Distributed by ISBS, Portland OR, 2002, 301 pages, $80.00. Before the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the Soviets fought a war with the Finns that lasted from the winter...
Terrorism: Informing the Public
Nancy Ethiel, ed., McCormick Tribune Foun. dation, Chicago, IL, 2002, 196 pages, free. Terrorism: Informing the Public, an addition to the Cantigny Conference Series, is an academic work that turned into surprisingly well-presented, informative...
The Battle of Taji and Battle Command on the Move
AS BATTLES GO, it was a small victory, but for U.S. Army command and control (C2), the implications of the Battle of Taji might be far greater than the historical significance of the engagement itself. The battle began as the Bradley fighting vehicles...
The Leverage of Technology: The Evolution of Armed Helicopters in Vietnam
FEW MACHINES exemplify 20th-century technology like the helicopter. The complexity of a combat helicopter is phenomenal. Each airframe consists of thousands of parts that are machine-milled to precise specifications and operate in unison with little...
The Victory Disease
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. --Sun Tzu (1) LIEUTENANT GENERAL William S. Wallace, the U.S. Army's senior ground commander in Iraq said,...
Three Revolutions: From Training to Learning and Team Building
TO PREPARE a video program titled "All We Could Be," I interviewed Army leaders about the rebuilding of the Army that occurred from the time of the Vietnam war to Operation Desert Storm. (1) We discussed doctrine, training, leader development, organization,...
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