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On the other hand, at times he is quick to say his unit and his commanders in 2006 were doing it anyway.
He builds and presents his case impeccably, fully explaining his reasoning and its supporting historical context, and is very logical and persuasive.
Dr. Gian Gentile (COL US Army) is a leader and an academic, whose story of COIN is true and must be read by all military professionals.
A great read. I can't go into specifics like some of the other more experienced reviewers, but since the U.S. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Customer in Ohio
COIN is not a myth. The problem is that "way" is not supported by the "means" and does not lead to the "ends" we are trying to attain! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hank Allen
Finally an honest evaluation of the surge which succeeded in killing a lot of people. Give peace a chance now.Published 8 months ago by walter deets
Dr. Gian Gentile (COL US Army) is a leader and an academic, whose story of COIN is true and must be read by all military professionals. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Donald E. Vandergriff
This book is in our J-2 Library in Afghanistan, and it is a very well-regarded gem.
This is a vitally important book. Read more
COL Gentile's book is too much a personal attack versus a objective look into the Army's use of counterinsurgency. Read morePublished 10 months ago by john detro
COL Gentile provides a well researched and well argued counterpoint to the current "if only we had done X" theory of winnable counterinsurgencies.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A decent book, but Gentile does not place blame where it belongs. Military war-mongers are not responsible for our recent military debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan, rather,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marvelous Mal
Winston Churchill once wrote "History will be kind to me because I intend to write it." COL Gentile has apparently taken a page from that book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A reader