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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553807641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553807646
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guerrilla Leader provides an authoritative analysis of Lawrence's military and political achievements. Schneider gets the reader inside Lawrence's head so that you feel acutely his anxieties, musings, and doubts. Pairing a sweeping, compelling narrative of the Arab revolt with a piercing and intimate psychological portrait, Guerrilla Leader brings Lawrence to life for contemporary readers."
—Craig M. Mullaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education

"Guerilla Leader provides an important new window onto the achievements of T.E. Lawrence. Schneider's fresh and surprising portrait of Lawrence makes this remarkable figure startlingly relevant to today's world."
—Steven Pressfield, Bestselling author of Gates of Fire

"Guerrilla Leader is much more than an insightful history of a fascinating campaign. James Schneider has written a rich study of leadership and command – read it to better understand our adversaries and ourselves."
—Nathaniel C. Fick, New York Times bestselling author of One Bullet Away

About the Author

James J. Schneider is Professor Emeritus of Military Theory at the School of Advanced Military Studies, USACGSC, Ft. Leavenworth. A recognized international expert in his field, Schneider has taught and written extensively on military theory, having helped develop some of the key theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings to contemporary operational art for a new generation of military officers. Schneider is currently a military consultant with a global think tank.

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We learn `how to do it' and we learn why Lawrence is the best sort of person to actually do it.
Richard B. Schwartz
It also explains Lawrence's reliance on guerilla tactics where a more direct assault on the better armed and trained Turks would have been futile.
J. Green
Like most American's what I know about T. E. Lawrence comes from David Lean's brilliant movie Lawrence of Arabia.
J. Johnson

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Graczewski VINE VOICE on November 27, 2011
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The author, James Schneider, is a professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In the Preface and Acknowledgements in the advanced proof of "Guerrilla Leader" he hints that he sees T.E. Lawrence as an exemplar of the type of military officer the U.S. Army needs to cultivate in order to be successful in counter-insurgency struggles like Iraq - intelligent, culturally sensitive, curious, brave, and adaptable - a viewpoint echoed recently, and convincingly, by Mark Moyar in "A Question of Command."

Presumably "Guerrilla Leader" is meant to be read by junior officers and NCOs, the type of men and women who will continue to play a critical ground-level role in Iraq and Afghanistan and other areas of global instability. If so, I should be the ideal reviewer, as I recently spent a year in southern Afghanistan and devoted my pre-deployment months to reading everything I could on counter-insurgency, including Lawrence's classic "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom." I regularly share my "must read" counter-insurgency reading list to fellow JOs in my reserve unit heading down range and, unfortunately, this book will not be on it, primarily because I can't quite figure out what this book is all about.

"Guerrilla Leader" isn't a biography. There are many solid biographies of Lawrence worth reading, from the 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Prince of our Disorder" by John Mack to more recent works, such as Michael Korda's 2010 release, "Hero." In the Acknowledgements Schneider claims that he buried himself in the Lawrence archives at Oxford, but little of that effort manifests itself in this book. What is worse, Schneider decided for some reason to not footnote anything other than references to the "Seven Pillars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Didaskalex VINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
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"Lawrence was not the only officer to become involved in the incipient Arab rising, but ... he quickly became--especially from his own accounts--its brains, its organizing force, its liaison with Cairo, and its military technician. His small but irritating second front behind the Turkish lines was a hit-and-run guerrilla operation," -- Encyclopedia Britannica
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This extensive study, by an expert military historian, is a lively systematic account of the Arab Revolt, and Lawrence's ever developing role, which helped the revolt come to a faster close, with a general popular support of the Arab masses against the colonial forces of the corrupt Ottoman Sultan. I enjoyed reading this book which renewed my early fascination with the Revolt, that my father took part in, as a young interpreter who helped Lawrence during the last year of the advance on Damascus. My pending question was, "Did Lawrence make a virtue of the individuality, and irregular tactics of guerrillas?

Lawrence was keen to win the hearts and minds of the tribes of Mecca, and built a strong bond with learned Arabs. Never engaging in sustained combat, he concentrated only on brief tactical superiority. Lawrence remained an intelligence officer with an open ended strategy, operated mainly with small Bedouin groups, making maximum use of their mobility. Under his guidance, they remained mainly detached from the Turkish army, and never attempted to hold ground, except in Aqaba. Operating in depth rather than in lines, striking only when the Turks could be taken by surprise, and maintaining lines of retreat, are Guerilla Tactics.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By willmonk on February 25, 2012
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Guerrilla Leader pretends to be a biography of Lawrence of Arabia, but is, in fact, a rewording of Lawrence's own memoirs. There are only five sources listed, and ninety percent of the Endnotes are from Seven Pillars of Wisdom, by Lawrence himself. This breaks a record for the number of times a book uses the word "Ibid;" whole chapters of the book use Seven Pillars as the only source. The only reason this "book" was "written" is because the 1922 copyright has expired.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Professor H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2012
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This book was timed to get everyone teased for the new Blu Ray release of the first time fully restored 70 mm film of Lawrence of Arabia by Sony pictures. This has been many years in the making and should from all accounts be breath taking when released in three days from this review.

So it begins we have T.E Lawrence as a conflicted man who is drawn to the desert and its way of life of those in it. Almost like a man with two separate lives. Its like multiple stories within a story.

This book is a reexamination or as some say a re presentation of Lawrence's involvement in the Arab Revolt of WWI from the perspective of an instructor at the US Army Command and General Staff College.

The Authors take in this account is that Lawrence was the first person to reevaluate "guerrilla warfare theory and practice" in light of the technological advancements of the early 20th century.

James Schneider also traces T.E Lawrence's development as a leader over the course of his career. The account take a little for granted that you are pretty well versed in World War One historical events, so the lack of explanation may slow you down a tad while you check the internet for what was going on. Not a big problem just thought you should know.

The Author may or may not have sucked a bunch of pages from other books as the copyright has expired. Either way it in no way effects the quality of what is presented here.

As always if you have any questions just ask.
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