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The coup remains the most common form of power change throughout the world. The government being targeted by a coup attempt could be democratically elected, a dictatorship, or a junta put in place by the previous month's coup. The motivation is usually a combination of power, greed and exploitation disguised as patriotism. How to Stage a Military Coup explores these violent and often bloody appropriations of authority, alongside the political, military, and social conditions out of which they arise. Taking into account factors such as timing, media control, popular support, and government organizational structure, and by drawing on examples of coups worldwide, both failed and successful, the authors reveal exactly what it takes to carry out a successful government take-over.
About the Author
was the longest-serving member of the elite British Special Air Service (SAS). His book, Ghost Force: The Secret History of the SAS
, was published to acclaim in Britain. He lives in Britain.David Hebditch
is a writer and documentary filmmaker. He lives in Britain.