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Unrestricted Warfare: China's Master Plan to Destroy America Paperback

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pan American Publishing Company (August 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971680728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971680722
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 9/11 attacks may just be the beginning. Many terrorist nations and groups will try to imitate this operation -- Major General John K. Singlaub (USA/ret.), August 2002

Unrestricted Warfare is evidence linking China to 9/11. It is also their plan for global operations against America. -- Wilson C. Lucom, End War, August 2002

You need to read Unrestricted Warfare because it reveals China's game plan in its coming war with America. -- Admiral Thomas Moorer (USN/ret.), August 2002

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The cover of the book is misleading.
Chenghuai Lu
Some who have read Sun Tzu's art of war will recognize some of his strategy in this book, feigning weakness, ideological warfare and the like.
Joseph J. Slevin
For those of you who really believe those unreasonable words because of one book like this, open your eyes!

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87 of 102 people found the following review helpful By U2pop on March 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a padded edition with more hype on terrorism and fear than necessary. The original text by Lang and Xiangsui is a fascinating look at the true weaknesses of the American military system. It is with this book that China identifies America as its sole predominate enemy.
I fully believe and support our military in any and all of its endeavors. However the book correctly points out, among other things, that the US has an obsession with human casualties. It is because of this that wars are fought from a distance, with technology, in order to minimize casualties. This is something that is very evident to anyone who's looked at the American military's history. From World War 2 to Desert Storm II, the increased use of technology and the public outcry over casualties has increased ten fold. This book, correctly so, advances the theory that in the event of a war between China and America, there will be an unconventional war sorts or rather "the war will be fought an won in a war beyond the battlefield" using terrorism, financial institutions, computer hackers, among many others.
The sale of this book is mainly a money making scheme since the CIA translation is available for free all over the internet. On the other hand, this is an excellent book for any foreign policy enthusiast, but more importantly, for those military intelligence analysts who we hope are reading it. This is what China really thinks and the truth really does hurt.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dimitrios on August 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book is a translation of the very interesting work published in February 1999 by two PLA colonels, namely qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui and the first thing that strikes the reader is the clear mind and the scope of reading that these officers have as a background. Following Martin van Creveld's groundbreaking work "The Transformation of War" (1991), the authors consider the 1991 Gulf War as a crucial turning point in the history of warfare and declare that war between states will be the exception rather than the norm in the future. The target of the book was obviously to warn China (and PLA particularly) that it's not prudent to prepare for a conventional fight against the US military might (regarding the Taiwan issue for example) but to seek new methods by whom "the inferior can defeat the superior". The book's subtitle "China's Master Plan to Destroy America" is not absolutely justified and the reader will not find any clue that China has any connection with the islamic extremism (although the insurgency in Iraq suits her nicely). There are indeed some points inside the book which are really chilling, such as "whether it be intrusions of hackers, a major explosion at the World Trade Center, or a bombing attack by bin Laden, all of these greatly exceed the frequency bandwidth understood by the American military... This is because they have never taken into consideration and have even refused to consider means that are contrary to tradition and to select measures of operation other than military means". The great part of the book is its emphasis on future "non-military warfare" and the warning that "soldiers do not have the monopoly of war".Read more ›
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108 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Vittoriano on July 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
The subtitle of the translated work, "China's Master Plan to Destroy America" is added by the translator. If this book were indeed China's master plan to destroy America, would the Chinese military authority be so stupid to publicize its master plan?

The Chinese edition, published in 1999, is not at all anti-America. The United States is indeed a major focus of the book simply because the United States is militarily the most powerful and advanced nation in the world, and it is the only nation that has fought in several major wars, particularly the Gulf War, with significant innovations in weaponry, military strategies and tactics. In fact the authors express their admirations and respects for the many innovations and accomplshments of the Amercian military in the Gulf War, and for the "father" Bush's wisdom of forming an international alliance to fight Saddam Hussein.

As any analysis would do, the book does post questions on some U.S. post Gulf War military thinking. For instance, the authors are puzzled by th fact that the U.S. military still gave so much attention to tanks while in the Gulf War helicopters were proved to be the deadly weapon of destroying the tanks....

On fighting the terrorist war and the future conventional warfare, the two authors are very much indebted to the ideas developed in Alvin Toffler's book, THE THIRD WAVE, and, particularly , in Alvin and Heidi Toffler's WAR AND ANTI-WAR. To illustrate the feasibility of their views, Qiao Liang, the first author of the book, published a novel MORI ZHI MEN or GATE OF ARMAGEDDON in 1995. In the novel, helicopters defeat tanks, and a war between two major powers ends without casualty (a prediction made in Toffler's WAR AND ANTI-WAR).... In the novel, The U.S.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tobias Angel on September 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
The text of this book is available for free on the Internet. The marketing is sensationalistic and does not tap into what really is in the book. Previous articles have mentioned that using civilain aircraft as bombers and hiding behind bin Laden were tactics advocated by this book- however the language is far more subtle than that, and nowhere is there direct advocacy of anything. The book purports to be a prediction of directions for future warfare. If the Chinese were indeed behind 9-11, no case could be made from this book alone.
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