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Total War 2006 Hardcover – 2 Sep 1999

3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340748559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340748558
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.1 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pearson's military theories have their basis in some serious academic study (Independent.)

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A dazzling and terrifying future history of the next great world conflict.

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A FAR superior read to General Sir Richard Shirref's recently touted "War with Russia".

I originally read this book in around 2002 and re-red it in 2015. Remarkably is has lost little of its relevance - the same vulnerabilities still apply. In fact the Muslim threat scenario mentioned in the book has gained greater credence in that time.

The book could easily be reprinted and entitled "Total War 2016" and no one would be any the wiser.
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Simon Person creates a very plausible picture of a possible total war in the very near future, detailing a scenario of geopolitical upheavals across the globe - a resurgent imperialist Russia, nationalistic right-wing governments coming to power throughout Western Europe, conflict on the Korean peninsula and what some would regard as the inevitable final confrontation between Israel and the combined forces of the Islamic world under the leadership of a new and charismatic leader. Simon Pearson's documentary style of writing makes the scenario that he portrays all the more convincing, though he does at times go into unnecessarily complex technical detail describing the different weapons systems deployed by the various combatants, and in places this slows down the narrative immensely and becomes a little tedious. Characters on all sides are introduced, but on the whole the author concentrates less on characterisation (his female U.S. President, for example, is not even given a name) and more on describing the events and battles that unfold and the background to them. The ending does seem a little "rushed" with a few gaping holes in the story - the Epilogue supposedly tying up the various loose ends runs to exactly one page. But on balance a fairly enjoyable read for those interested in international affairs with a military slant.
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Histories of future conflicts are a long and honourable British tradition, going back to "The Battle of Dorking" in Victorian times. It is now some twenty years since the last major addition to the genre appeared, Hackett's "The Third World War, 1985". Simon Pearson now presents us with a worthy successor, a convincing account, not of a single conflict, but a series of them, culminating in a major confrontation between the West and an unholy combination of a militarily resurgent Russia with an Islamic confederation. The slide towards conflict in the early years of the new century is convincingly outlined, building on developments and trends already present, and delineating how current seeds of conflict could come to a head in Korea and Taiwan, and how the situation in the Middle East could deteriorate further. The most unsettling scenario developed concerns the rise of internal conflicts in Western Europe as a consequence of growing Islamic militancy among immigrant communities, leading to such horrors as Munich as "The New Belfast". One's credulity is only strained by the proposition within the timescale suggested of a newly militant Russia, its strength founded on an arms-export driven but limited economic revival, which presupposes a faster recovery from near breakdown than currently seems likely. The developments foreseen culminate in a major conflict in 2006, initially in the Baltic States, but spreading rapidly to the Middle East, and even to the West Coast of the United States. Within this strategic context Mr.Pearson's description of weapons systems and tactics is assured and credible, and the accounts of air, armour and anti-missile warfare are convincing, exciting and well-detailed.Read more ›
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By CJ VINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2000
This is an extremely intriguing book, written largely in an essay-style that works very well. Pearson obviously has researched his subject matter very well, and is able to add some nice touches due to his own experience in the armed forces. Many of the events depicted in this near-future novel have a frighteningly plausible ring to them, which really pushes the narrative forward. The portrayal of America's increasing role in upholding world 'peace' is especially accurate, im my opinion. Sadly, this standard slips somewhat approaching the end, as a few leaps of logic are used to propel the story to a suitably dramatic climax. This is a shame, as it moves the book from a somewhat cold study of the conflict to something more akin to a technothriller. But despite that, Pearson is an entertaining and intelligent writer who held my interest with no difficulty whatsoever.
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Too many books are writen in this genre by people who have little understanding of the events that they talk about or who have a distinct bias due to their personnal views. Here however the author has used his in-depth and technical knowledge to its full potential in presenting what appears to be a very accurate account of a future war (or past as it is presented in the book.) The use of 1st person narrative is used to its full potential and peace is brought about at a massive cost for both sides without any clear winners. Possibly the most intriguing part of the book is the use of future history starting from the present day backed up with actuall events and recent history, that runs before the outbreak of full global conflict, that beguils the reader into a sence of future antisipation for the real future. All in all a cracking read.
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