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The Resource The accidental guerrilla : fighting small wars in the midst of a big one, David Kilcullen

The accidental guerrilla : fighting small wars in the midst of a big one, David Kilcullen

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The accidental guerrilla : fighting small wars in the midst of a big one
Title
The accidental guerrilla
Title remainder
fighting small wars in the midst of a big one
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David Kilcullen
Title variation
Accidental guerilla
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Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge." Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. Kilcullen takes us "on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war (the "War on Terrorism") and its relation to the associated "small wars" across the globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Chechnya, Pakistan and North Africa. Kilcullen sees today's conflicts as a complex pairing of contrasting trends: local social networks and worldwide movements; traditional and postmodern culture; local insurgencies seeking autonomy and a broader pan-Islamic campaign. He warns that America's actions in the war on terrorism have tended to conflate these trends, blurring the distinction between local and global struggles and thus enormously complicating our challenges. Indeed, the US had done a poor job of applying different tactics to these very different situations, continually misidentifying insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances (whom he calls "accidental guerrillas") as part of a coordinated worldwide terror network. We must learn how to disentangle these strands, develop strategies that deal with global threats, avoid local conflicts where possible, and win them where necessary. Colored with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of Southeast Asia to the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the dusty towns of the Middle East, The Accidental Guerrilla will, quite simply, change the way we think about war. This much anticipated book will be a must read for everyone concerned about the war on terror
Summary
Differentiates between insurgents who have local grievances versus those who support movements with a worldwide agenda, arguing that the failure of the United States to distinguish between the two types has hurt the effectiveness of its fight against terrorism
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
355.4/25
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
U240
LC item number
.K49 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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adult
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fighting small wars in the midst of a big one
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The accidental guerrilla : fighting small wars in the midst of a big one, David Kilcullen
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-340) and index
Contents
Prologue: West Java, December 1996 -- The accidental guerrilla -- "The crazies will kill them" : Afghanistan, 2006-2008 -- "The twenty-first day" : Iraq during the "surge," 2007 -- "Terrain, tribes, and terrorists" : conflicts from Indonesia to Europe -- "Turning an elephant into a mouse" : beyond the War on Terrorism
Control code
5044447
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxviii, 346 p.
Isbn
9780195368345
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008054870
Other physical details
ill., maps
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  • (OCoLC)ocn221155251
  • (OCoLC)221155251
Label
The accidental guerrilla : fighting small wars in the midst of a big one, David Kilcullen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-340) and index
Contents
Prologue: West Java, December 1996 -- The accidental guerrilla -- "The crazies will kill them" : Afghanistan, 2006-2008 -- "The twenty-first day" : Iraq during the "surge," 2007 -- "Terrain, tribes, and terrorists" : conflicts from Indonesia to Europe -- "Turning an elephant into a mouse" : beyond the War on Terrorism
Control code
5044447
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxviii, 346 p.
Isbn
9780195368345
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2008054870
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn221155251
  • (OCoLC)221155251

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