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Surprise Attack The Victim's Perspective by Ephraim Kam
  

Surprise Attack The Victim's Perspective

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Surprise Attack The Victim's Perspective by Ephraim Kam

Ephraim Kam observes surprise attack through the eyes of its victim in order to understand the causes of the victim's failure to anticipate the coming of war. Emphasing the psychological aspect of warfare, Kam traces the behavior of the victim at various functional levels and from several points of view in order to examine the difficulties and mistakes that permit a nation to be taken by surprise. He argues that anticipation and prediction of a coming war are more complicated than any other issue of strategic estimation, involving such interdependent factors as analytical contradictions, judgemental biases, organisational obstacles, and political as well as military constraints.

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Surprise Attack: The Victim's Perspective... is of utmost value to all those engaged in intelligence work, and to those whose operational or political responsibility brings them in touch with intelligence assessments and the need to authenticate and then adopt them or discount them. Similarly, the book will interest any reader intrigued by decision-making processes that influence individuals and nations at war, and sometimes even shape national destiny. - Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel


About the Author

Ephraim Kam is Deputy Head, Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th May 2004

Author

Ephraim Kam

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Publisher

Harvard University Press

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Military tactics
Military intelligence

ISBN

9780674013544

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