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Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice (Science 101 (Collins))
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As part of a recent series of republished books on the subject of insurgencies, Galula's provides the important foundation from which to branch into more specific areas of conflict. I wish we had book at West Point when I was a cadet, and I recommend it to the Department of History and the Department of Military Science without reservation.
Drawing upon decades of experience participating in counter-revolutionary warfare and studying it across the globe, Galula's analysis is tempered with a strong dose of reality. I had difficulty sometimes thinking he was writing about today's wars when talking so eloquently about previous insurgencies that parallel today's realities. Galula's references are outstanding, his analysis is thorough, and his conclusions valid.
This book addresses more the military end. This is not in any way a criticism. This book is very well written and well worth the reading. At the time it was written, armies were attempting to build a doctrinal base to use in such conflicts. In doing so, they also concentrated on the military. Again, this is not in any way a criticism, for doing so is their job. The political aspects of such conflicts are, properly, the job of the civilian leadership.
The Iraq conflict, and the war in Afghanistan, have brought the subject again to the world's attention. My personal opinion is that many are now busy re-inventing the wheel.
For anyone interested in the subject, many books are available. The best of the recent publications is General Sir Rupert Smith's The Utility of Force. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Carl von Clausewitz edited and translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret. On War. is a given, as is Sun Tzu, and Mao Tse-Tung's, Selected Military Writings. Peking, PRC: Foreign Language Press, 1966. Smith gives the best account of the need for combining all factors in a situation such as we find ourselves in now. Wesley Clark also does a good job of describing the complicated nature of modern conflicts.Read more ›
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This book is a classic counterinsurgency text, and is often quoted in many other works. Although it is primarily concerned with insurgencies from the early Cold War (it was... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Juilfs
This is an excellent book for any future leader in the modern military. As a future Army officer myself, I highly encourage my peers to read this book; it is insightful, concise,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by George Bruner
Critical reading for any member of the military or American interested in understanding our nation's contemporary wars. These principles do not go awayPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
French Colonel David Galula wrote Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, originally published in 1964, while at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jim Defronzo - Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements; The Iraq War
Good book that really identifies the principles of insurgency and counterinsurgency. Recommended.Published 17 months ago by Steve McLaughlin