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Surprise Attack The Victim's Perspective by Ephraim Kam

Surprise Attack The Victim's Perspective


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.


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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Publication date

11th May 2004


Ephraim Kam

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Harvard University Press


304 pages


Military tactics
Military intelligence



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