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How to Stage a Military Coup: From Planning to Execution

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Fed up with taxes? Angered and disappointed by corrupt leaders? How to Stage a Military Coup lays down practical strategies that have proven themselves around the globe. David Hebditch and Ken Connor examine, with a critical eye, successful as well as failed coup attempts throughout the twentieth century with the aim of showing their readers just what it takes to swiftly a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 26th 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published January 10th 2005)
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Maru Kun
May 28, 2013 Maru Kun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
It’s great fun leaving this book on prominent display in your office and seeing how people react.

Some people will see it as a joke, flick through it and ask when are you going to stage your “boardroom” coup. Of course, you say nothing.

Some people will take the book more seriously and ask whether it has any good advice on executing a complex project with many critical inter-dependencies, just like a coup. It has some great advice in this regard. Of course, you don’t tell them what it is.

Some peop
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Ármin Scipiades
So, I saw the title somewhere after the failed coup in Turkey, and the premise looked interesting. Well, it's a bit crap.

First off, this isn't a history book, and generally has zero scientific merit. Its factual accuracy is disputable: every single interesting factoid I cared to check out turned out to be grossly exaggarated. It's sensationalist, journalistic (following the worst traditions of British tabloid journalism, including the horrible, horrible puns ("Enough Sa'id", really? "Guinea Foul
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S G
Aug 26, 2011 S G rated it it was amazing
All about coups. This book is 4/5ths history lesson and 1/5th fictional account of a coup staging in London. The authors are former SAS soldiers. It's a fast read, and it's kept rather light. More of a journalistic style than a history book. Overall, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes military history or political intrigue.

It's also (currently) free on Amazon for the Kindle.
Michael Clark
Apr 18, 2015 Michael Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good historical backgrounder on the concept of coups, with detailed histories of several notable coups. Authors propose a fictionalized model for a coup based in the UK, drawing on their experience as former SAS operatives. Well thought out, cogently written, entertaining in the abstract.

Taken as historical review and fictional musing, a good read. Possibly not the "How To" manual that some revolutionaries hoped for, this work takes the theme matter of Rules for Radicals back to the fundamental
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Marcus
May 15, 2015 Marcus rated it liked it
Shelves: unfinished
I was reading this one for research. A few chapters in I got what I needed, and I wasn't compelled to read the rest.

Regardless of the title, "How to Stage a Military Coup" isn't really an instruction manual as much as a collection of anecdotes about real-world coups. And if that's what you're looking for, it's great. I found it entertaining, both in content and in narrative voice.

For some reason, each chapter begins with a fictional segment telling the story of a theoretical coup of the UK. As s
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Ina Cawl
Jul 16, 2016 Ina Cawl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reza Amiri Praramadhan
Aug 09, 2016 Reza Amiri Praramadhan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-ebooks
A nice combination of how-to and historical example, unfortunately rather low in variety of examples used. Nevertheless, the fictional story of military coup in UK is quite interesting to imagine, although it is unlikely to happen. A unique kind of reading for people interested in political intrigues and military interference in politics, while not forgetting foreign sponsorship in such coups.
Yazir Paredes
Dec 12, 2015 Yazir Paredes rated it liked it
Not much of a "Manual", it recollects stories from different Coups around the world showing what works and what doesn't. Interesting to understand the mindset of different countries..
Farhan
Mar 05, 2015 Farhan rated it really liked it
A good read indeed. The inclusion of the 2003 Masirah Island pre-planning was nice to see, lends more credibility to the tome. Four stars.
E. Kahn
Oct 16, 2016 E. Kahn rated it it was ok
Entertaining but fundamentally unserious. Luttwak is a nutbar but his "Coup d'Etat" is much better.
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