POLITICAL SCIENCE

Iraq War: The Essential Reference Guide

ABC-CLIO. Feb. 2019. 349p. ed. by ed. by Brian L. Steed. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440858307. $94; ebk. ISBN 9781440858314. REF
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Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Steed (military history, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS) has edited a concise volume for those seeking background information on the Iraq War (2003–11). An overview of the war is followed by essays on the causes and consequences. Entries cover an array of subjects such as religion, political leaders, key battles, military atrocities, and military operations. Topics explored include the battles of Fallujah, the Halliburton company, and Sunni and Shia Islam. Each entry offers cross-references and a list of references. Readers will also appreciate primary source documents, a chronology of the Iraq War, and an extensive bibliography.
VERDICT This well-researched guide lives up to its title as an “essential reference,” providing readers with key facts. Anyone with an interest in military history, operations, the Iraq War, or modern warfare will find this title a valuable resource.

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