"Far from the model of a rigid prescriptive text, this book approaches its subject in a way that allows full consideration of complexities in this difficult area. . . .The author provides not only a useful text for studies of political violence but also—and more importantly—a readable guide for security practitioners."
"This paperback is a tour de force of modern insurgency. . . . O'Neill has the capacity to make the reader enter the mind and tactics of insurgents. The book ends with a self-study syllabus that can expand the reader's study of terrorism and insurgencies. O'Neill's book is highly recommended in this current combat environment."
"Seminal . . . a modern 'classic.' Dr. O'Neill's treatise is now required reading in American and British military schools and 'war colleges.' Analytical and insightful, O'Neill compares and contrasts many recent 'insurgencies' and provides a theoretical framework in which to view current and future struggles."
"Required reading that should be in infantrymen’s rucksacks and on the desks of all twenty-first-century national security experts. As the principal military adviser to two CIA task forces, I used this text daily. O’Neill’s second edition addresses the tumultuous beginning of our new century and has direct application on the battlefield as well as in the classroom. To suppress terrorism, to undermine terrorism’s ideological support, and to win the war of ideas, you need some of the better ideas found in this book."
"Bard O’Neill offers an excellent conceptual framework for studying insurgencies and terrorism, underscored with numerous real-world examples. His is the ideal textbook or reference aid for soldiers, analysts, students, and scholars who seek a better understanding of contemporary conflicts."
"Should be on every military professional's reading list and is a must read for anyone deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq, or any potential hotspot around the world. . . . Whether one is able to get one's hands on the first edition or the revised second edition, the results will be the same: a greater appreciation and understanding of the enemy, the battlefield, and what is required to fight and win in the twenty-first century. . . . Without a doubt, Mr. O'Neill's book arms soldiers and leaders with a way to define the threat and develop ways to defeat it."ABOUT THE FIRST EDITION:
"Anyone interested in the role of force in international affairs should read Insurgency and Terrorism. Bard O’Neill has educated thousands of our leaders. Now his celebrated framework for analyzing insurgencies is available to a wider audience. This book cries out to be read and studied."
"A gold mine for the library of any serious student of revolutionary warfare. This may well be the most in-depth and scholarly treatise on insurgency and terrorism of the decade."
"Well-organized, clearly written, and solidly thought out."
"A career military man will find it worthwhile to spend some time reading and studying this book."
About the Author
Bard E. O’Neill is professor of international affairs at the National War College, Washington, D.C., where he is also director of Middle East studies and director of studies of insurgency and revolution. His other publication credits include The Energy Crisis and U.S. Foreign Policy
and Armed Struggle in Palestine
. He lives in Springfield, Virginia.