From the editors of the 1991 anthology The Gulf War Reader
comes a comprehensive guide "to the most urgent foreign policy questions of our time." Culled from a wide variety of sources, these essays, commentaries, and official documents cover the entire scope of the conflict with particular attention paid to the history and policies that led to the war. Divided into four sections and stretching from 1915 to the eve of war in 2003, the book offers viewpoints by pundits, politicians, professors, and journalists from every conceivable perspective and political persuasion, including many who participated directly in the events. Part One, "Sins of the Fathers," deals with the modern history of the Middle East, beginning with the end of World War I and the betrayal by the Allies that led to the carving up of the region and to many current problems. It also explains how and why the United States developed a working relationship with Saddam Hussein in the first place. Part Two, "Aftermaths of the Gulf War," covers the years 1991 through 2001 and focuses on the breakdown of the inspections, the effects of the sanctions, and Hussein's efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Part Three, "War With Iraq," covers the debate (mainly from a domestic perspective) over whether to attack Iraq, and if so, whether to act unilaterally or multilaterally. Part Four, "Through a Glass Darkly," offers various looks into the future, including what sort of society and government will take the place of Hussein's regime and what role the United States now plays in the world. Impressive in its breadth and depth, this is an excellent one-volume compendium on a complicated and important subject. Even those who kept current on these events as they unfolded will find much to learn in these pages. --Shawn Carkonen
From Publishers Weekly
Those looking for some perspective on the war with Iraq need look no further than this substantial anthology-every perspective is here, from right to left, from pro-war to anti, from Ann Coulter to Barbara Ehrenreich and from William Safire to Jonathan Schell. Contributions are organized chronologically, beginning with a section on "roots of the conflict, 1915-1989." This is followed by sections focusing on the Gulf War, the UNSCOM inspections, the impact of September 11, the debate in Congress and the U.N., and final sections on Iraq's future and that of "pax Americana." A useful appendix spells out who's who in the Iraqi opposition. A deeper look at pre-Gulf War events would have been welcome, as would a sharper look at the brutality of Saddam's regime, but overall, Sifry and Cerf, who previously edited The Gulf War Reader, have done a find job of gathering illuminating takes on this controversial war.
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