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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605280062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605280066
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

The Gulf War Chronicles is the only complete account of Desert Storm, from the opening moments of the air war to the safe return our POWs.

Why are we having a difficult time in Operation Iraqi Freedom? It is difficult to understand our current situation without understanding the past. How is it that our first victory was so swift? Most believe that we bombed the living daylights out of the enemy and then our ground forces rolled in to do nothing more than collect surrendering Iraqis. In fact, the Iraqis were, and are, a determined foe. Even after weeks of relentless bombing, many Iraqis stood their ground and resisted.

The Gulf War Chronicles is an account of the beginning of America’s struggle against evil in the Middle East. How can we achieve victory without understanding what really happened in our first encounter with Iraq? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard S. Lowry is an internationally recognized military historian, entrepreneur, eleventh-generation American, and author of Marines in the Garden of Eden. He proudly served in the United States Nuclear Submarine Service during the Vietnam War and participated in the development of the Apache Helicopter?s Night Vision System. Lowry and his wife, Vickye, have lived in Central Florida for the last twenty-two years.

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Richard S. Lowry is an internationally recognized military historian and author. His latest book, New Dawn, the battles for Fallujah (Savas Beatie LLC, 2010), has been nominated for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's coveted Wallace M. Greene, Jr. award. Richard has previously published the award winning Marines in the Garden of Eden (Berkley Caliber, 2006), The Gulf War Chronicles (iUniverse, 2003 and iUniverse Star, 2008), and US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 (Osprey, 2006). Additionally, he contributed to Small Unit Actions (United States Marine Corps History Division, 2008).

He has been published in Armchair General, Military Magazine, Soldier of Fortune and The Marine Corps Gazette. Richard was the military consultant to David C. Taylor for the award-winning documentary film, "Perfect Valor." Richard frequently contributes to several internet news and blog sites i.e., www.op-for.com, www.theweeklystandard.com, and www.blackfive.com and now has his own site; http://blog.richardslowry.com. He also has a continuing military news column at http://www.examiner.com/x-30068-Orlando-Military-Headlines-Examiner.

Richard has spoken to many community organizations to include the Military Officers Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the Florida Retired Chief Petty Officers Association, Marine Corps Association, Marine Corps League, Navy League, the Association of the US Army, the Military Officers Association, Rotary and Kiwanis. He has spoken on many different subjects relating to the current war in Iraq and Operation Desert Storm.

Richard has appeared on Book TV and Veterans Chronicles and is regularly featured on the Andrea Shea King internet radio program. He is a military contributor to WFLA news radio in Orlando and has appeared on many regional television and radio programs.

Richard is an award winning author. In 2006, Marines in the Garden of Eden won the Silver Medal for history and in 2010, New Dawn won the Gold Medal for history from the Military Writers Society of America. The Gulf War Chronicles also received recognition from MWSA in 2006 and has achieved Editor's Choice, Reader's Choice and STAR distinctions from iUniverse. In 2009, "Perfect Valor" received the best feature documentary award at the GI Film Festival.

Richard has established himself as an expert on the war in Afghanistan and Iraq with a substantial radio, television and internet following. He is a distinguished historian, captivating writer and engaging public speaker.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
My boss recently asked me to research the first war with Iraq as background for an article. I found that this book, unlike the others I read, was well researched. In addition, the tone was not condescending, which was refreshing. Richard Lowry went beyond the story as told by CNN or CBS, digging deeper and uncovering the real story. Excellent book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SCOTT OHARA on February 19, 2004
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It is now over 13 years since Operation Desert Storm began on January 16, 1991. Given the length of time that has passed, one startling fact is evident in the Desert-Storm Community, there is no single work that provides an accurate day-by-day, hour-by-hour account of Operation Desert-Storm, from the onset of hostilities until the cease-fire declared at Safwan (extensively covered in Ally to Adversary: An Eyewitness Account of Iraq's Fall from Grace by Rick Francona), until now.
Richard Lowry's The Gulf War Chronicles strives to fill this void and to do so in detail, yet still provides a fast-paced read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin Granger on January 23, 2004
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To begin I found this book by recommendation of a good friend of mine, and as a favor to her I read it.
after the first chapter I realized that this author has done an immense amount of research. the book is well informed and highly accurate. in addition to the attention to truth, this book has some of the most compelling stories from this conflict with Iraq. It presents stories that were not well known, but also sheds light on some that stories in the public view that were obscure. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about what we did in Iraq in the early nineties as well as a precursor to studies about our present situation in Iraq. I also say it is a great documentation of the strategies and real world processes of war.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 12, 2004
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Written by Richard S. Lowry (a veteran of the United States Nuclear Submarine Service during the Vietnam War), The Gulf War Chronicles: A Military History Of The First War With Iraq offers a minute-by-minute chronological description of Operation Desert Storm. Drawing upon information, interviews, and diversely informative resources ranging from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August of 1990 to the September 11th attacks upon the United States, The Gulf War Chronicles is a solidly presented historical account and offers great insight into the complex interplay of events upon a world stage -- events that continue to have a reverberating impact in the current global war against international fundamentalist Islamic terrorism.
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This book is drawn almost entirely from US sources with no attempt to find any Iraqi sources to confirm or refute the assertions made. At one point the book asserts that the Gulf War was "the largest armor battle of all time" (p.172 and x). BIG MISTAKE!. Somebody forgot (or ignored?) the battle of Kursk (with 3 times the number of vehicles and twice the number of men). The battle of 73rd Easting is well reported except for the obvious omission that all of the M1 tanks knocked out were hit by friendly fire (this omission appears to have been an explicit choice). And that's just scratching the surface.

Also the order of battle at the back of the book only records Coalition forces, a bias which pretty much sums up the book.

On the plus side it's the only book that covers the war in any detail, and establishes a firm timeline of events. However, if you want more than 50% of the story, you are going to have to wait for someone to write a more balanced account.
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