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Lessons of the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah War

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ISBN-13: 978-0892065059
ISBN-10: 0892065052
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About the Author

Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS. He is the author of more than 50 books on national security policy and the Middle East. George Sullivan is a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill and a former researcher with the Burke Chair. William D. Sullivan was a research associate with the Burke Chair and is currently studying at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Center for Strategic & International Studies (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892065052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892065059
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Munawar Ali on June 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book can be considered a military review of Israel's actions during the Lebanon War 2006. It's written strictly from the American / Israeli perspective, but does speak of Hezbollah's actions and affairs.

The first half of the book provides background and some political context. Which I found hard to read due to poor grammatical structure, and the data provided was rudimentary at best. A better political analysis of the war would be the book "34 Days" (I forget the Author's name...Avi something).

The second half of the book reviews military affairs. In this, it is a much needed text, as there are no books on the popular book market that review military action. The review is informative, the analysis excellent, citing several sources, including interviews with Military contacts the author has in both the US and Israel.

The book does speak of Hezbollah's actions, but only where they interact with Israel, and always through the lense of an Israeli analyst. It appears the Authors had no contact with Lebanese military personnel.

Recommended as an excellent military analysis of the war.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dimitrios on January 27, 2009
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Although not much time has passed since the end of the 2006 Lebanon war, military expert Anthony Cordesman and his team have written an excellent analysis of the lessons learned from that conflict. The chapters included are: 1) Introduction, 2) Lessons about what the war did and did not accomplish for Israel, 3)Major lessons regarding strategy and the conduct of the war, 4) Tactical, technological and other military aspects of the war, and 5) The lessons of the Law of Unintented Consequences: The "Ongoing?" effect of the fighting. The analysis is amazing, especially on the strategic and tactical level and you will learn everything about the Hezbollah tactics and organisation, the shortcomings of IDF operations, the responsibilities of Tel Aviv's political and military leadership the "rain of rockets" against Israel, the surpising missile hit suffered by the corvette "Hanit", the professional and well conducted abuses of the Israeli tanks by the Hezbollah antitank teams and many more. There also some very interesting points made by US military experts and officers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike H on February 20, 2012
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This book is not meant to entertain you and its authors are not out to win awards. It is not for the average reader. Its audience is those who possess a military background or at least a deep understanding of it. It reads like a point-by-point memorandum on the war -- what were the five main Israeli objectives and to what extent they succeeded or failed. This is structured vis-a-vis the NATO commitment in Iraq (which of course is now over) and Afghanistan. There are conclusions and suggestions on what to expect when confronting the asymmetric, "netcentric" paradigm now seen in Middle East warfare. In spite of what one reader claims, I can assure you the grammar used by the writers is fine. So in addition to needing a command of the structure of the English language, one should have at least an equal command and grasp of military concepts before buying this book. It is not for beginners or casual readers. It is the real deal. Bear in mind it was released in 2007. Five years have passed and I'm sure there is that much of an intelligence gap between then and now. If you are an intelligent, serious-minded reader who is interested in this conflict and not looking for a book-of-the-month type of bounce, buy it. I did. And I'm happy I did. There is no point in giving a chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse rendition of its contents. This is why you buy a book -- to find out for yourself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dogbrother on March 16, 2011
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let me start by saying that the book itself is excellent. MY problem with this book is that it could have been much better, and here is how.
for starters, they don't even have a freakin map of south lebanon and Israel. how could they not put one. no diagrams or illustrations of any type whatsoever. none aboutany of the startegies. No pictures at all of any weapons, targets destroyed, military pictures of tanks soldiers etc... NONE not even one. for someone who understands things a little better by looking at illustrations/diagrams/maps etc.. I found this very dissappointing. This book otherwise is great.
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas on May 24, 2008
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Before I buy this book I'd like to know a little more about it. So far I've read two other book on this particular war, but they have not been detailed on the military part of the war, they were more political.

Anyone who has read it out there willing to write a few lines here???

Regards from Sweden,
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