Wars of Modern Babylon: A History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003
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About the Author
Colonel Pesach Malovany, IDF (Ret.) is a senior intelligence analyst who served for many years in the collection and research units of the Intelligence Corps.
"In Wars of Modern Babylon, Pesach Malovany has created a nearly comprehensive and accessible reference work that covers both the history and substance of the Iraqi Army. By leveraging a lifetime of professional study, carefully using all available sources, and consulting some of the top scholars in the field, Malovany has created a masterwork and performed an incredible service to current and future scholars." -- Kevin M. Woods, author of The Iran-Iraq War: A Military and Strategic History
"Malovany (Israeli army intelligence analyst, retired) has delivered a truly encyclopedic analysis of the Iraqi army. The author successfully weaves operational and institutional history into an important and timely account." -- Choice
"Retired Israeli Army officer Malovany has produced an excellent history of the Iraqi Army. This is an important book for those interested in the history of the Middle East over the last four decades." -- NYMAS Review
"Malovany, a retired Israeli Army intelligence service colonel who is now a consultant on Arab militaries, has produced an excellent history of the Iraqi Army [and] dispels many myths about Iraqi military prowess.
The Wars of Modern Babylon is an important book for those interested in the history of the Middle East over the last four decades, and the background to the American invasion of 2003." -- Strategy Page
"This insider's look into the Iraqi Army provides another crucial layer to our understanding of Iraqi military history. Malovany successfully paints a picture of an institution comparable to past and present armies -- strategic, operational, and tactical debates; powerful and competing bureaucracies; officer and branch rivalries; and errors in judgment, both fatal and non-fatal." -- Journal of Military History