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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597976652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597976657
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,819,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Planning creative and effective exit strategies for counterinsurgency campaigns may be even more important than initiating and carrying out these campaigns. If this is the only lesson that decision makers, experts, strategists, and students take from Dr. Joshua Gleis's Withdrawing Under Fire, then the international counterinsurgency campaigns will become much more effective. A must-read." --Dr. Boaz Ganor, Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Israel

"Had Mikhail Gorbachev read Joshua Gleis's Withdrawing Under Fire, there might still be a feared Red Army, if not a state more closely resembling the Soviet Union. Had Richard Nixon read this book, the term `Vietnam Syndrome' might not have been etched in our souls. Those in the administration of Barack Obama, if not the president himself, must read this book to avoid losing Afghanistan in a way that history will not judge kindly." --Brig. Gen. Russell D. Howard, USA (Ret.), founder and former Director of the Combating Terrorism Center, United States Military Academy

"This study breaks new ground for the professional literature on insurgency and counterinsurgency. Joshua Gleis is the first to examine these issues within the context of the literature on war termination. It is an important book for the academic security studies community. It is also a must-read for all those in the national security establishments of the democracies--military and civilian--that will have to deal with these nontraditional conflict challenges well into the foreseeable future." --Professor Richard Shultz Director of The International Security Studies program, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

About the Author

Joshua L. Gleis is an independent security consultant who earned his PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has been a fellow in the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. He resides in New York City.

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This well thought out book is easy to read and very informative.
Sara Michelle
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand more about what's going on in the world, especially Afghanistan.
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I learned a lot from this book and it made me more aware of issues going on now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronen on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book just before my transatlantic flight to the old continent. I was at first skeptical that a book could so precisely put into words what many NY Times articles and numerous talking heads could not fully explain, what does withdrawing from insurgencies really mean? Drawing on examples ranging from Somalia to Lebanon, it is clear that Mr. Gleis really knows his stuff and makes for an excellent read. I am a horribly slow reader but I finished the book on the flight there and have pondered on some of the examples when I now watch CNN or BBC. This book is so topical that I would easily say that this is a great gift for that intelligent someone in your life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HRTRprof on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book provides a new and interesting take on the challenges democracies face when involved in armed combat against insurgencies and the challenges of withdrawing under fire. The author provides important policy recommendations essential for those thinking about how to tackle these important issues. highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By olij on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great dynamic read- this should be a mandatory read for anyone studying counterinsurgency. I am new to the field, but this was a clear read and the cases were well thought out; a good history lesson as well! Too often scholars write about confronting Islamist insurgency, when we truly, we should be working on withdrawing. Two thumbs up.
I sure hope this book makes it to the hands of all major military strategists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on April 2, 2011
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The number of politicians who should have read this book yesterday is countless. Josh Gleis launches a novel and innovative view on a subject matter that could not be timelier. His powerful yet fluent writing explains in detail such complicated topics as how to withdraw from insurgencies. I found the in depth explanation of past withdraws fascinating. The best part is, although an exceedingly important work for today's leaders - Josh Gleis' writing is accessible to every audience. I am by no means an expert in this field, yet it was easy to read and doesn't require background knowledge to understand the vital messages he is putting forth. Anyone disturbed about the state of the world's current war zones and beyond must read this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin Weitz on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book has impacted my view about Islamist insurgencies and the challenges Western armies encounter in dealing with them. Gleis writes in clear, forceful prose, explaining why some withdrawals work and some don't, and what we can do to ensure that our future withdrawals don't create the same cascades of negative consequences that plagued earlier attempts to "withdraw under fire." I'd consider this book a must-read for anyone with an interest in the Middle East, military history, or the complicated politics of warmaking. It's even more critical, though, that our politicians and policymakers read this, so they can incorporate the lessons of the past into their strategies for the future, whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GYB on June 12, 2011
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Excellent and very well written book on this very important, otherwise poorly studied and largely neglected and ignored topic. I only hope that the political and military leaders in charge of handling similar situations read the book and study it or at least analyze prior similar experiences on their own and/or with their advisors, learn valuable lessonns and do not repeat the mistakes of their predecessors. I also hope that more books and studies on this topic are written. I also hope to see more from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book offers an incredible new take on an important subject matter; it taught
me to think about issues (such as Islamist insurgents or how to
withdraw from insurgencies) in a way I never thought before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BL on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book presents strong policy recommendations on dealing with Islamic fundamentalism and insurgencies in the Middle East. It's a must-read for anyone seeking a better understanding of key challenges facing the region.
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