A Brief History of Modern Warfare

How war has changed in the last thirty years and the consequences for today.

The greatness of a battle is determined not by its size or by the numbers of soldiers involved, but rather by its effect and influence upon future events. In a series of thrilling recreations of eight of the most significant military encounters of the last three decades, Richard Connaughton presents a fascinating insight into the nature of modern warfare and the influence it has on contemporary events.

The conflicts include Goose Green in the Falklands, the invasion of Grenada, Operation Desert Storm – the first modern Iraq War, operations in Mogadishu as immortalised in the book and film Blackhawk Down, the Siege of Gorazde, and Operation Barras in Sierra Leone, as well as more recent events at Fallujah, Iraq, and in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

“An accessible study that identifies those constants of warfare which, if followed, hopefully can avoid future fiascos. This is wise advice with contemporary relevance.”
Dr Thomas-Durrell Young, American Editor, Small Wars and Insurgencies. Member of Directing Staff, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Ca.

“Cuts through the fog of war to present clear, interesting, informative, and jargon-free analysis…essential reading for everyone from amateur historians to politicians.”
Dr Greg Mills, Director, The Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa.

“Enjoyable, stimulating, sharp, and not least, thought-provoking. The result is a cracker of a book.”
Professor Brian Holden Reid, Department of War Studies, Kings College, London.

Constable & Robinson, 2008