Investigates the causes, conduct, and consequences of the recent American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
“Smart and comprehensive. . . . An outstanding collection of essays.”
—Marilyn B. Young, New York University
"A truly exceptional and immensely important contribution to the literature on U.S. foreign policy in the twenty-first century. Bailey and Immerman have compiled an all-star cast to help us better grasp the causes, conduct, and, most significantly, consequences of the recent American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This collection of fine essays will be essential reading for years to come."
—Gregory A. Daddis, Academy Professor, West Point
"Today, we are engaged in wrenching debates about what to do in Syria and Iraq. This volume provides indispensable background for assessing the costs and benefits, the risks and opportunities of engaging in 'low intensity' conflicts with elusive adversaries in places in which we are unfamiliar and among people who regard us with suspicion. This is an important collection of essays to analyze and debate as we face momentous decisions.”
—Melvyn P. Leffler, Edward Stettinius Professor of American History, University of Virginia
"An impressive compendium that furthers the intellectual effort to come to grips with the roots and legacies of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and that provides a wide spectrum of perspectives on how and why the world has changed so dramatically since 11 September 2001."
—General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret)
"Bailey and Immerman’s edited collection of essays on the country’s two most recent wars is simply outstanding…There have been numerous recent accounts of both wars, but this new book brings the two conflicts together in a way not done before. For both established scholars and informed general readers, this collection is an excellent source of thoughtful and learned assessments of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A mandatory contribution to the current literature on the topic. Summing Up: Essential.”
“The Bailey-Immerman volume adopts a broader scope and includes chapters focusing on not only the political, military, and diplomatic aspects of the two wars but also the combatants’ experience, the opposition to the wars, media’s involvement, popular culture, and veteran’s readjustment.”
“This is an excellent set of essays that open many avenues of future research. It also constitutes a valuable resource for undergraduates as more people develop courses on the recent wars.”
"This collection will be helpful to anyone teaching recent U.S. or international history or about war and peace in American society."
—Peace & Change
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