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Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War | [Rick Atkinson]

Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War

Throughout the Gulf War of 1991, unprecedented restrictions on the media’s access to the battlefield kept the true story of that brief, brutal conflict from being told. Now, after two years of intensive research, Rick Atkinson has written what will surely come to be recognized as the definitive chronicle of the war.
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Publisher's Summary

Throughout the Gulf War of 1991, unprecedented restrictions on the media’s access to the battlefield kept the true story of that brief, brutal conflict from being told. Now, after two years of intensive research, Rick Atkinson has written what will surely come to be recognized as the definitive chronicle of the war.

Crusade follows the unfolding battle from the first night to the final day, providing vivid accounts of bombing runs and White House strategy sessions, fire-fights and bitter inter-service conflicts. Weaving individual stories into the larger narrative, Atkinson represents the allied campaign against Saddam Hussein as a wholly new kind of war, one that has transformed the nature of modern warfare.

©1993 Rick Atkinson (P)1996 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An engrossing account. Rich in pertinent details, the powerful narrative leaps nimbly from Washington to Riyadh." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Lyle Houston, TX, United States 08-12-13
    Lyle Houston, TX, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A very decent account of the gulf war"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. Gives a pretty detailed account of the sequence of events. I am actually a gulf war vet according to Congress' definition (no direct combat for me though), but I learned a lot of things I hadn't known about it from this book.


    Could you see Crusade being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    One sub-plot has sort of already been done with "Jarhead", but there are a lot of other things that could probably be turned into a movie. And it would probably be a pretty decent film if they did the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    One annoying thing is the author's unconcealed political grandstanding at various points. The book would have been a lot better if he could have restrained himself on that point.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 08-22-12
    Chris 08-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator needs a pronunciation guide"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crusade to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately no. The narrator's inability to pronounce simple words correctly consistently detracted from the grand scale of the story. While some of these words were understandable (i.e. military jargon and Arabic words/names), others were just silly pronunciations of common English words. If someone familiar with the content "proof-listened" his recording, it certainly didn't show.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hal VT Bennington, VT USA 04-13-13
    Hal VT Bennington, VT USA 04-13-13 Member Since 2014

    High school history and psychology teacher and coach

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    "Great account of Desert Shield/Storm"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crusade to be better than the print version?

    No. In fact, I got most of the way through this, then ordered it in hardcover.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Atkinson has a knack for finding a perfect middle-ground between The War as an event run by entire coalitions of governments and massive military units on the one side, and the troops in the proverbial trenches on the other side. It is therefore more readable than a history of politics and policy or of divisional maneuvers and terrain, while being broader in scope than, say, Jarhead. Stylistically, his writing brings things to life while giving the "big picture" history.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Riggenbach’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first. As other reviewers have doubtlessly pointed out, he mispronounces household names like Dick Cheney and Colin Powell. He also pronounces Arabic place names oddly; though "Sa-OO-di" may well be technically correct, it's not how anyone pronounced it when I was there twice with Operation Southern Watch. Aggravating.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    klk 06-24-15
    klk 06-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but narrator is obnoxious"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book but not this audible recording. The narration is so bad it is almost distracting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The ridiculous pronunciations and extended pauses are very distracting and detract from Atkinson’s masterful writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I will purchase another narration by Riggenbach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    travis 06-03-15
    travis 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "not stellar naration. good source of information."

    good source of information foe those unfamiliar with the events of the gulf war. this was all going on when I was a baby so its interesting to find out more a out it . somewhat. oring delivery but not a bad listen if you can look past the poor naration

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    tonja koob 04-19-15
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    "Distracting narrator"
    What didn’t you like about Jeff Riggenbach’s performance?

    His odd pronunciations of common English words and commonly heard international locations distracted his performance to the point that I didn't want to continue listening to it. Where was the editor in this process?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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