The Iraq War

By Keegan, John; Fortmann, Michel | International Journal, Summer 2005 | Go to article overview

The Iraq War


Keegan, John, Fortmann, Michel, International Journal


THE IRAQ WAR John Keegan Toronto: Key Porter, 2004. xiv, 250pp, $29.95 cloth (ISBN 1-55263-591-0)

Most people interested in military history would agree that John Keegan has authored some of the best books in the field. The Face of Battle (1976), for example, stands out as a classic study of battlefield tactics from Agincourt to the Somme. Titles like Six Armies in Normandy (1982) and A History of Warfare (1993) have also been well received and widely read. Many of Keegaris fans, however, would agree that the quality of his work is uneven. His latest book, The Iraq War, is a case in point.

One of the big disappointments is that the coverage of the events stops immediately after the fall of Baghdad. As we all know, the "real" war started in earnest well after President Bush announced the end of "major combat operations" in May 2003. Keegan gives the follow-up to the invasion only cursory treatment in a short chapter called "The aftermath." This is only one of the many frustrating aspects of the book. Indeed, The Iraq War seems to be a misnomer in view of the fact that the story of the invasion only begins with chapter six-that is, halfway through the book. The analysis of military operations, where Keegan is at his best, takes only three chapters (76 pages), which represents only a little over 30 percent in an already slim volume (255 pages). The first half of the book is taken, first, by a long and mostly irrelevant prologue that stretches back to antiquity when Iraq was Mesopotamia. Two chapters are dedicated to the well-known story of Saddam's rise to power and his brutal reign since the late 1960s. A final "introductory" chapter deals with the 2002 crisis that preceded the 2003 invasion. This is where the book reaches its intellectual nadir. Keegan's argument here turns away from serious analysis and plunges head-on into cheap Fox News-like partisan commentary. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Iraq War
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.