- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199737509
- ISBN-13: 978-0199737505
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 6.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An iconoclastic new book on future urban conflicts." --David Ignatius, Washington Post
"Out of the Mountains isn't brimming with tactical solutions to such problems. Just as present-day counterinsurgency doctrine didn't materialize overnight, the answers to the questions Mr. Kilcullen poses will evolve over time. But his insistence that it is 'time to drag ourselves -- body and mind -- out of the mountains' serves as a reminder that complacency remains one of the most serious threats to U.S. national security." --Wall Street Journal
"Kilcullen has a rare ability to combine serious theory with the insight of an experienced practitioner." --Foreign Affairs
"Out of the Mountains will appeal to a broad range of readers -- social scientists, security experts and military officers, urban planners and technologists, and a general readership interested in how today's global trends will shape tomorrow's world. Readers who enjoy the work of Robert Kaplan or even Paul Theroux -- the engaging mix of adventure writing with sophisticated social and political analysis -- will find Kilcullen quite appealing." --Washington Monthly
"Although an enemy of the state, I must concede that this is a brilliant book by the most unfettered and analytically acute mind in the military intelligentsia. Kilcullen unflinchingly confronts the nightmare of endless warfare in the slums of the world." --Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums
"David Kilcullen brilliantly illuminates a coming dystopian urban world, part Blade Runner and part Minority Report. He cogently argues that we must rapidly find a way to build our own security networks to prepare for the coming age of urban guerrillas. Out of the Mountains crystallizes this sadly probable future in vivid and practical terms." --Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret), Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
"Kilcullen delivers a lucid, important study that American leaders should read." --Kirkus Reviews
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David Kilcullen presents the topic of a ferrel city. This is a city that sort of is growing on its own without any central power running things and also full of all kinds of troubles. He uses several case studies to illustrate his point like the story of Black Hawk down and a few other stories. However, for every case study he mentions there could be three more just like it he doesn't list. Then he accents this decline with the stories of global inter-connectivity. He uses stories of the recent Arab uprisings to show how the internet affects politics. Mr. Kilcullen's tales of how rebels in Egypt and Libya used the internet to communicate, collect information, and fight is fascinating. That information paints insurgencies in a new light. That old problem of the modern peasant in the mountains launching an uprising will never be the same.
He concludes his book with some valuable insight that is priceless. His analysis is very insightful. He brings in all the information from multiple sources to create a very rich picture of the world. I think there are few places where anyone will find anything comparable. His tactical tips are really useful. I liked how he shows a force needs to have some locals on their side. They would provide some inside information which would be critical to success.
Well worth the time to read. This book will cause the reader to view world events differently.