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The Tiger's Way: A U.S. Private's Best Chance for Survival Paperback – August 15, 2003
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"If you train infantry, buy this book. I guarantee you will learn something." -- British Army Review Magazine, Winter 2003
"[S]o long as the Pentagon thinks only about programs and money, American soldiers and Marines will need to discover post-machinegun tactics on their own. Gunny Poole's books offer them a readily available way to do so." -- Military.com, 2003
"[This book] will bridge the gap that has been unknowingly created in our rifleman." -- Leatherneck Magazine, February 2004
"[M]any Afghani and Iraqi insurgents are using the Eastern military tactics Poole describes. This makes the book an eye opener." -- National Guard Magazine, January 2004
"The book ... explains (how) ... privates, fire teams, and squads ... can acquire short-range proficiency without a massive bureaucratic overhaul." -- Newport News Daily Press, May 2004
"All of it [the book] will make you better prepared for the future fight. I recommend it to all infantrymen (former commander of Camp Lejeune)." --Maj.Gen. Ray L. Smith USMC (Ret.), July 2003
"John Poole ... [weaves] tactical lessons into ... exciting set of books. I would highly recommend them to all NCOs and officers (former head of CENTCOM)." -- Gen. Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), 26 March 2004
"Poole is a professional teacher of military tactics and has an extensive knowledge of the Eastern enemy." -- Fort Leonard Wood Guidon, 4 March 2004
"There is much to be learned by studying this remarkable book (former head of History & Museums Division, HQMC)." -- B.Gen. Edwin Howard Simmons USMC (Ret.), July 2003
"John Poole continues to reduce U.S. casualties by providing information every soldier needs (member of the special operations community)."-- Col. Joe E. Kilgore U.S. Army, 2003
"[This book] should be required reading for all U.S. military personnel. John Poole conclusively demonstrates that most Eastern soldiers receive ninja-like training. That makes them well ahead of our troops in initiative, field skills, and tactical-decision making--and better able to survive on the expanded battlefield of the future (publisher emeritus of Presidio Press)." --Col. Robert V. Kane U.S. Army (Ret.), 2003
"Our military says they train as they fight. If this is true, they won't make it in real combat such as ... in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. This book tells how to win against a real enemy who shoots back. A must read for every Grunt and their leaders (author of 'About Face.')" -- Col. David H. Hackworth U.S. Army (Ret.), 2003
"Sun Tzu wrote 2500 years ago, 'Know yourself, know your enemy, 100 battles, 100 victories.' This book is a key to American victories in the 21st Century (professional military historian)." --Kim Holien, 2003
"John Poole's previous books have done American fighting men [an] immense service. His latest promises more of the same, at a time when American soldiers and Marines are facing exactly the kinds of opponents he is writing about (father of 4th-Generation Warfare theory)." -- William S. Lind, 2003
"'[The] Tiger's Way' ... [is] a warrior's guide to victory." --Camp Lejeune Globe, 2003
"The book has numerous ... illustrations that depict various armies' methods of infiltrating, how they fight in the dark and urban areas, as well as ways to counteract these threats." --Fort Myer Pentagram, 2003
"Poole ... believes that while America was preoccupied with technology, the rest of the world may have evolved tactically.... [He] hopes to prepare U.S. soldiers for the type of short-range combat used by our adversaries in the East." --Oberlin Alumni Magazine, 2003
" 'The effective response [in Iraq and elsewhere] is to decentralize [control over] U.S. forces, giving more authority to the sergeants who lead platoons working city neighborhoods, getting to know the people ...,' said Poole, who details these ideas in a new book." --Newhouse News Service, 2003
From the Publisher
The Tigers Way revealsfor the first time in any detailhow the Eastern soldier/guerrilla and his fire team fight at short range. It also contains the sensory-perception and obscure movement techniques that U.S. Soldiers and Marines will need to survive the inevitable one-on-one encounter. With 96 illustrations, 12 maps, and 1600 endnotes, The Tiger's Way entertains while it educates. Maj.Gen. Ray L. "E-Tool" Smith USMC(Ret.) says the book "will make you better prepared for the future fight." As America's foes traditionally go after its support establishment, the publisher additionally recommends this book to all noninfantry, law enforcement, and security personnel.
Top customer reviews
The book explains the tactics and strategies of the Eastern forces America is fighting in all the wars in which American politicians foster.
If your son or nephew or friend is in the US military, particularly if they are in the infantry or special forces, buy them a copy and send it to them.
The book explains how Eastern forces fight, and uses examples from the Vietnam war, as well as WW1 and WW2.
American military strategy and tactics have not incorporated the lessons learned from these wars.
But, if an individual infantryman knows how Eastern forces fight, his platoon or patrol are much more likely to succeed in battles and survive.
The reason we never learned it, none of officers or NCO's had any idea. Most in my unit would probably just figure we'll roll over them with overwhelming force. Also, many are still stuck in the Insurgency mindset.
This book answered a lot of my questions, pointed out things I've always felt were our shortcomings, and put to words some major issues that I always knew were there but couldn't even begin to give specifics or reasons for.
I strongly encourage lower enlisted and anyone who leads in the field to read this book. I guarantee you will agree with most points made in this book, will have a better understanding of tactics any enemy of the US is likely to use, and change your the way you lead your soldiers/troopers/marines/etc. Lower enlisted; you'll find out where you've been set up for failure, what do work on, what mindset your enemy has, what mindset you should develop, and where you're immediate leaders are probably failing you.
Something to note; though a lot of points and facts made in this book seem to say 'We suck, the enemy is perfect,' it should be taken with a grain of salt. He doesn't always point out everything the enemy does wrong, or what we do right. Many 'eastern' nations have had success in the past with what they have had more modern day failures than successes at.
The book was published in 2003 and paints an unfair picture of U.S. ground forces as city kids who never get out of their vehicles. The wasn't true then and less so now. Equally misleading is the depiction of all Eastern soldiers as elite shadow warriors who can sneak under your table and steal your breakfast without you being any the wiser. And I'm very confident that Germans and Russians would not be amused when lumped with Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans under the rubric "Eastern". And the Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans probably wouldn't appreciate it either. I'll give the author the benefit of a doubt and allow as how it could have been a rhetorical device to emphasize the need to think outside the box and look at how other nations' ground forces do things.
The book has four sections; "A Growing Threat at 75 Yards", "The New Basics", "What the Eastern Soldier Does", and "The Winning Edge". In these sections, he addresses the need for better training for dismounted infantry and their leaders, and for raising the expectations of soldiers and marines. He lays down clear recommendations on how to train soldiers to use their senses more effectively, train to move more quietly, and in less direct but often more effective tactics.
The underlying thought throughout the book is that technology doesn't address every issue, that their are no magic pills for problems, and that you can't buy your way out of a conflict. It is consistent with my personal priciple that tools are things to extend human ability, but a greater benefit comes from improving the human's abilities.
Poole emphasizes human ability over technology, which I fundamentally agree with, but historically the side that masters emerging technology dominates the battle field, and a balance must be struck. In 2003, when this was published, the scales were weighted heavily on the side of gadgets, but since then the military has come back into a better balance.
An excellent resource for anyone in a ground force or serving with ground forces (as some sailors that I used to work with had).
E.M. Van Court
This book would be great for :
In a Stuff hits the Fan situation Ammo would be tight, and manpower very limited. The tactics taught in this book would enable you to successfully protect yourself from whatever may come your way.