War and Destiny: How the Bush Revolution in Foreign and Military Affairs Redefined American Power

War and Destiny: How the Bush Revolution in Foreign and Military Affairs Redefined American Power

by James Kitfield

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Throughout time, major wars have defined historical epochs and charted the rise and decline of great powers. The U.S. global war on terror, with Iraq as the Bush administration's chosen centerpiece, is almost certainly destined to do the same. Indeed, the Bush doctrine for conducting the war on terror and the Iraqi Freedom campaign are likely to prove benchmarks in U.S. history precisely because of the many orthodoxies and traditions the administration has purposely challenged. At the same time, fundamental flaws have already appeared in many tenets underlying the Bush transformation of foreign and military affairs.
So contends award-winning journalist James Kitfield. As with his critically acclaimed Prodigal Soldiers, the story of how America arrived at this fateful crossroads is a narrative full of drama and personal anecdote, rich in context and detail. War and Destiny is based on interviews with the key players and on Kitfield's personal observation of major events. Like his first book, it may well become the chronicle of a critical period in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612344492
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publication date: 05/30/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

James Kitfield, the award-winning defense and foreign affairs correspondent for National Journal, was embedded with forward headquarters of V Corps during the Iraq War and has reported from Iraq and Washington in the war's aftermath. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     xi
Atlas Shakes     3
Three-Dimensional Chess     20
A Darker Prism     33
Assassins at the Gate     51
A Fork in the Road     66
A Familiar Nemesis     80
Pox Americana     96
A Perfect Storm     107
Fear City     125
Eve of Destruction     133
American Centurions     150
March Madness     160
Gates of Babylon     176
The Enemy Votes     184
Fuel Masters, Water Dogs, and Gorilla Snot     194
Baghdad Calling     200
Brothers in Arms     206
Iraq and a Hard Place     216
Homecoming     235
Transplanting Democracy     243
The Ramadan Offensive     260
Transformation and Revolt     268
Nation Building in a Time of Terror     291
Razor's Edge     313
Clouds in the West     326
Twilight Warriors     347
Notes     359
Index     373
The Author     386

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