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Historical dictionary of the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991
Newell, Clayton R., 1942-
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998.
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lix, 363 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
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"Chronology"--P. xxix-lix.
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Contrary to many assessments that immediately followed the end of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, that war was neither short nor decisive. The brief war in 1991 was the dramatic manifestation of long-standing antagonisms among the principal participants, and its results continue to have a profound effect on the region. It is therefore important to determine, on the diplomatic side, just how the war got started, how it was fought, and whether the dramatic ground campaign should have exceeded a hundred hours to bring about a more decisive conclusion. With the seemingly endless follow-up to the war continuing to be much messier than the run-up, the Historical Dictionary of the Persian Gulf War draws together the results of assessments of the war by a multitude of commentators. It presents the information in concise and informative entries on many of the significant civilian and military persons, crucial diplomatic and political actions, as well as the essential military aspects. Entries include the strategy and tactics, the encounters and battles, and the forces and weapons deployed by both sides. An introduction gives the background to the war, a summary of the significant events, and an assessment of the immediate results of the fighting. The detailed chronology provides a historical perspective and follows the effects the war continues to have on relations among the primary players. A list of abbreviations deciphers the acronyms for weapons, organizations, and insider jargon that can sometimes overwhelm even the most knowledgeable readers. Includes a comprehensive bibliography which covers the rapidly growing and already substantial literature on the war.

Author Notes

Clayton R. Newell retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Since his retirement in 1992, he has been an independent historical consultant

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Newell, who retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of lieutenant colonel after serving 27 years in tours of duty that included Germany and Vietnam, intended this book to be a military dictionary, but clearly it is much more. The author has gone to great lengths to help the reader understand the Gulf War and its background. He includes several pages of abbreviations and acronyms along with pages of maps, all of which do a good job of describing what happened and why during the 1991 conflict. There is also a 30-page introduction that describes the political developments that led up to the war and a much-needed chronology of events. Appendixes include some of the UN resolutions and the last command press conference given after combat was halted. The dictionary entries average about a paragraph and cover the war's personalities as well as its combat equipment. Because the book was produced as a dictionary, some military buffs may find it too elementary, but it is still recommended for public and academic libraries.¬ĎMark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ., Leesburg, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Compiled by a retired Army officer, this work consists chiefly of alphabetically arranged entries concerning the events, people, places, and organizations of the Persian Gulf War. In addition to a lengthy introductory essay, the volume includes a few maps, the texts of pertinent UN resolutions, and an unannotated bibliography preceded by a bibliographic essay. Mark Grossman's Encyclopedia of the Persian Gulf War (CH, May'96) covers the same topic and exhibits various strengths: better graphic design, a detailed chronology, and most important, a bibliography after each entry, particularly useful for further research on contentious issues, especially the number of Iraqi casualties. Nevertheless, Newell's is a useful complementary work, containing a more recent chronology and an updated list of UN resolutions. It also includes many persons and topics not mentioned in the encyclopedia. Recommended for larger academic libraries. D. Altschiller; Boston University

Table of Contents

Editor's Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviations and Acronymsp. xiii
Mapsp. xix
Chronologyp. xxix
Introductionp. 1
The Dictionaryp. 31
Bibliographyp. 217
I. Resolutions of the United Nations Security Councilp. 261
II. Chapter VII of the United Nations Charterp. 333
III. Central Command Briefingp. 339
About the Authorp. 363