- Mass Market Paperback: 509 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (July 15, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425101924
- ISBN-13: 978-0425101926
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,460,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Third World War: August 1985 Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1987
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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.
In 1978 the U.S.A. is still dancing disco to Donna Summer, enjoying "Star Wars" and its spin-offs, and souring on Jimmy Carter. As a nation it is not ready to face the realities of Soviet aggression and expansionism, ....but in two short years would elect Ronald Reagan into the White House, ushering in an administration ready and willing to stand-up to the USSR. With Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom, the U.S.A. and the U.K. embarked on rearmament not too far off from what General Sir John Hackett describes in "The Third World War August 1985".
I perused this book in 1982, and have re-read it several times since then (grateful our world did not endure the unthinkable).
If you like well-written military fiction, this is a book you'll enjoy. If you like playing the "what if" game with theoretical planning on either side, you'll like this book. Little did we know when my fellow lieutenants and I read this book that within the decade the Berlin Wall would be down, Germany would be unified, and the Soviet Union would be disintegrating before our very eyes. But, I assure you, in 1980 the Soviets were fully capable of what Hackett's book describes.
I highly recommend this book.
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