Waging Modern War
General Wesley K. Clark. New York: Public Affairs, 2001. 479 pp. Map. Photos. Index. $30.00 ($27.00).
Reviewed by Admiral Charles S. Abbot, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Retired Army General Wes Clark, the officer who commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO's combat operation in Kosovo, has written a book that makes a significant contribution to the understanding of modern warfare. In Waging Modern War, General Clark traces the progression of events prior to and through the 78-day NATO air operation in the spring of 1999 that culminated in the capitulation of President Siobodan Milose vic and the Serbs that June. In a direct and readable style that contains a remarkable level of detail of events and conversations between the principal participants, General Clark takes the reader through the complexities and challenges of leading a military operation that ultimately was successful and, ironically, led to his being replaced prior to the end of an expected three-year assignment as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.