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The Third World War: August 1985 Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1980

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 509 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing (April 1, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425044777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425044773
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories of 80s era combat, and the political cat-wrangling amongst the NATO nations is not only believable, but, fantastically written - nearly everything else, though, is not.

I understand that the USSR needs to be portrayed as this monolithic entity to even start the fighting, but, its ability to seemingly unite disparate geopolitical groups under a single banner seems...unrealistic at best. The idea that Egypt will suddenly unify and conquer all of the major oil-producing states without a MASSIVE retaliation is a problem.

Also, the over-emphasis on S. Africa (both the country and the region) is strange - think of all of the various ethnic-, national-, and tribal- subgroups involved in the scramble for power following the Collapse of Rhodesia/the isolation of the apartheid SA govt, how would these forces ally to make a single united front against SA? Remember that the Great African War starts only a few years (in our real timeline) after this - I'm sure that SA could subvert/bribe/ideologically motivate at least a few of them enough to drive wedges into the movement - Remember that the Rhodesian infantry had significant African components against Mugabe's forces.

TLDR - the fight scenes are awesome, but, too many assumptions (without reference to actual social divisions/power struggles) need to be made to make those fights happen.
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This is a terrific book, read 30 years after publication. Afghanistan is not mentioned, but the end of the USSR and Warsaw Pact are spelled out as they happened over 10 years later. What is predicted is a Japan China Australia economic domination. Is this about to come to pass
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