The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gulf War
Penguin, 2002 - 338 pages
Since 9/11/01, military history is a hot category -- currently, Amazon lists more than 32,000 titles in military history -- proof that this category is as healthy as ever!
-- Except for a few "instant" mass market paperbacks, published during the Gulf War in 1991, there is no definitive book on the Persian Gulf War, a.k.a. Operation Desert Storm.
-- Author Charles Jaco covered Operation Desert Storm for CNN -- on location in Baghdad -- and saw many things that never got reported. He will be commenting on them for the first time anywhere in this book.
-- As the war on terrorism heats up, the question remains: Will we invade Iraq or will we not? Either way, Iraq and arch-evil-doer Saddam Hussein will be hot news for many months to come.
On August 2, 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded the oil fields of neighboring Kuwait; on August 25th, the use of military force was sanctioned by the United Nations. By January 30, 1991, U.S. Forces in the Persian Gulf numbered 500,000. Thus began the war known as Operation Desert Storm. As wars go, it was brief, barely twelve weeks. The fighting, however, was intense and involved more than 25 countries around the word. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Gulf War, written by a journalist who covered it firsthand, will explore the history of the Iraqi region, the politics of oil, and hundreds of years of the history that ultimately led to the war from the ground and in the air, all the players, the winners, the losers. The book will offer insights never before in print.