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Cocktails from Hell: Five Complex Wars Shaping the 21st Century Hardcover – December 18, 2018
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"Solider-professor-historian-novelist Austin Bay has written a new book on an age-old subject: war. In brisk, clear prose Cocktails from Hell explores how the looming and simmering conflicts with America's adversaries—North Korea, China, Russia, Iran—and in unruly and unruled states like Congo could explode in the 21st century into the 'wicked dynamic' of outright war. It's a terrific—and terrifically scary—read." -- Michael Barone, historian, nationally-syndicated columnist, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics"
"Colonel (ret.) Austin Bay blends vital experience with polished writing on critical national security topics. Military, intelligence, media, and political professionals must read his work." -- Michael Yon, American writer, photographer, combat reporter, author of "Moment of Truth in Iraq"
"As usual, Austin Bay serves up insightful and informed analysis. We might prefer not to imbibe these Cocktails from Hell, but readers of this will at least understand what is being served up, and why." -- Glenn Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, columnist for USA Today
"Austin Bay emphasizes the long term basics. No matter how any of these particular cocktails evolve in the next few years the basic elements will still be troubling the world." -- James F. Dunnigan, author, military-political analyst, Defense and State Department consultant, wargame designer
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As I scan the internet for the definitions of “false flag operations,” “littoral,” “kinetic warfare,” and “non-kinetic warfare,” I see that Col. Bay has no intention of spoon-feeding laymen, but he rather allows us to increase our vocabulary on our own. However, he lays out concepts very clearly. This compact little book is short because its vast amount of information is tightly packed---no wasted words. The author respects his reader’s time and intelligence. Bay’s art is in separating out an individual factor in a conflict to be examined for itself alone. Then he reveals how the multiple factors can and do interact.
This book is full of bad situations. 5 case studies, and much more.
I have been following Austin Bay for years through the links at Instapundit. His on-the-ground reporting and deep insights are unmatched. This book is a valuable resource.
Also read: "Unrestricted Warfare" by Qiao Liang
If you think war is only kinetic (e.g., bombs and bullets) this book will be very informative. If you think you already know the broad boundaries of war this book will still be informative, whether it is in regards to clever combinations of techniques or places you never thought of.