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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and Well-Written Book on Counterinsurgency, January 1, 2013
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This review is from: Counterinsurgency Challenge, The: A Parable of Leadership and Decision Making in Modern Conflict (Hardcover)
Christopher Kolenda's book is a wonderful blend of storytelling and lessons to be learned regarding counterinsurgencies in the twenty-first century. Kolenda masterfully takes the reader into his world, and what an amazing world that is. Through the magic of simulations that make you feel as though you are with a commander as he fights an insurgency in a fictitious country, Kolenda is able to bring to life all the major participants in the conflict, including the insurgents, local population, local government, and of course, the commander and his troops. As he leads his troops into battle, the commander learns, to his surprise, that decisions he made did not always have the results he intended. It is only through repeated simulations that he learns from his previous mistakes and is able to discover the right combination of policies and actions that could work to defeat the insurgency. One does not have to be an expert on counterinsurgencies to appreciate this book. It is written in a highly engaging style that should appeal to a wide range of readers.
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