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Why do competent armies fail? Eliot Cohen and John Gooch explore answers to this question throughout this extensive analysis of unsuccessful military operations.

Since it was first published in 1990, Military Misfortunes has become the classic analysis of the unexpected catastrophes that befall competent militaries. Now with a new Afterword discussing America's missteps in Iraq, Somalia, and the War on Terror, Eliot A. Cohen and John Gooch's gripping battlefield narratives and groundbreaking explanations of the hidden factors that undermine armies are brought thoroughly up to date. As recent events prove, Military Misfortunes will be required reading for as long as armies go to war.

About The Author

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Eliot A. Cohen is a political scientist, a professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University, and the founding director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. From 2007 to 2009 he was Counselor of the Department of State, serving as Secretary Condoleezza Rice’s senior advisor on strategic issues. Follow him on X @EliotACohen.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Free Press (February 10, 2006)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743280822

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Raves and Reviews

"The general reader will find this a fascinating and informative book; those responsible for their nations' security will find in it lessons they will ignore at their own peril."

-- Major General (Res.) Aharon Yariv, former director, Israeli Military Intelligence

"Cohen and Gooch have done their job well. They have mastered their sources, used considerable imagination...the book is well-written and sound in judgment."

-- Caspar Weinberger, The Wall Street Journal

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