Coup d'Etat may be a much older book, but in this case newer isn't better.
If it is, given a sufficiently broad definition, then the authors' exclusion of all non-US examples makes the book more mis-informative than merely anti-US biased.
I just wish that the fictional story that begins each chapter were replaced by a topic more suitable to the book's title.
(Note: This review is specific to the PARCHMENT version.)
Time is short (date night with Martha), so I'll throw out my quick hits:
- Author's... Read more
"How to Stage a Military Coup" tries to be entertaining, informative and satirical. It fails on all three points.
"Motivation and Massage." For a chapter title. Read more
I am not exactly sure why most people expect this book to teach them them how to actually perform a coup, or why (are all the reviewers Comorian generals?). Read morePublished 17 months ago by Piergiorgio Lambertini Scollo
Luttwak's Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook remains the best guide to planning a coup. Hebdritch is writing a generation later, and includes information about coups in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Walt
A slight and populist book. If you really were trying stage a coup, you who would be much better off with Edward Luttwak's Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook.Published 18 months ago by Dr Garry
There is a lot less theory than expected from the title, and a lot more of short snippets of stories that don't actually tell you much if anything.Published 21 months ago by Brian G Jacobs
I probably should have browsed other comments before clicking the buy button for this book. Technically I found this book to be banal and the witty style falls flat on its face. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Noodler's Pen
There are a rich selection of anecdotes in the book to illustrate the various points, mostly involving the SAS or the CIA or both. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Matthew Asnip
While the book has its amusing moments, it is not a particularly worthwhile read. The anti-Americanism which pervades the book is tiresome; with the rare exception, there are... Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by James Patrick Conlon