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Military Review, March/April 2007
“Can a two-and-one-half-year-old book be reviewed as a classic? It can, and should, if it says the kinds of smart, prescient things that Hammes had to say in 2004. The Sling and the Stone was written to appeal to a vast and diverse audience. It provides numerous jewels of information for the general reader as well as senior military leaders, military operational planners and supporters, interagency personnel, and U.S. political leaders who are looking for a provocative read to aid them in making informed decisions in support of U.S. national security. Since its first publication, this visionary book has ignited others in public and private life to read, research, write, and advocate for the United States to change its defense posture in order to meet the challenge posed by the advent of 4GW. Many of Hammes’ ideas have now been adopted by the military and are currently in practice in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other ideas are being studied extensively within the Washington Beltway. U.S. homeland security and counterinsurgency doctrines have also been strongly influenced and shaped by this book. Hammes has truly been a catalyst for change … Hammes’s book is truly an enlightening must-read for Military Review’s readers, particularly those attending career military schools. It should remain so for many years to come.”
The prose is somewhat difficult in places, but the ideas are applicable to today. As I read, I found myself applying the ideas to current. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jay B
Great book with a perspective that can only be gotten from an author with combat and historical perspective.Published 10 months ago by Richard Rupert
Author (and Marine Corps Col.) Thomas Xavier Hammes didn’t invent the concept of “Fourth Generation Warfare” (4GW) but popularized it and made it a subject of cocktail party... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rob Fitzgibbon
This is a incredibly important book that shines some light on the mistakes being made by our military leadership regarding conflicts in the 21 st century. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tuxaua Linhares
Excellent treatment of a very serious issue. We have a history of fighting the last war and Col. Thomas provides a thoughtful look ahead. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by JasonT