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When Men Lost Faith in Reason: Reflections on War and Society in the Twentieth Century (Studies in Military History and International Affairs) Hardcover – August 30, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0275976651 ISBN-10: 0275976653

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Military History and International Affairs
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (August 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275976653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275976651
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,651,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?This book is a provactive, highly original, path-breaking, radical, and unorthadox interpretation of warfare in the twentieth century. H.P. Willmott's interpretations are compelling and persuasive....It is a book that cannot be ignored by those who want to remain on the top of their craft. Wilmott throws down the gauntlet and challenges military historians to reexamine long-held beliefs on twentieth-century warfare....This book should be mandatory reading in all Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, the military academies, the War College, Staff College, and wherever officers are trained. Libraries should have it. Scholars and students of military history should read it. Willmott wrote the book not as an end in itself, but a starting point to reconsider the face of conventional interpretations; however, this book is too important to be overlooked in the study of warfare.?-The Historian

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Challenges conventional explanations of events through detailed consideration of certain wars and campaigns, including the 1991 campaign in the Middle East.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on June 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
From the lofty pinnacle of military strategy, H.P. Willmott is one of the best. His two volumes on the first six months of Japan and America's war in the Pacific ("Empires in the Balance" and "Barrier and the Javelin" were brilliant and exhaustive.

"When Men Lost Faith" is uneven as he surveys war in the 20th century. Like so many authors, he tries and fails to make World War I interesting; he is better at World War II, especially in chopping a few inches off the stature of Rommell and examining why a cross channel invasion of France in 1943 (proposed by the Americans) was a very bad idea.

He gets better still when he give us a strategic overview of terrorism, Korea, Vietnam, and the first Gulf War (1991). He gives real insights here as to why the U.S. lost in Vietnam and why our victory over Iraq in 1991 was less than complete and satisfying. He even gets prophetic as he works his way into this century. The book was published in 2002 -- before Bush's Iraqi mis-adventure -- but Willmott is not hesitant in pooh-poohing the much heralded US "shock and awe" strategy, later employed in Iraq with much fanfare but to no good result.

Willmott is not an author for the beginner. He presumes a substantial knowledge by the reader of the topic of 20th century war.
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