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Rules Of Engagement: A Life In Conflict

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From the moment Tim Collins’s speech to his men in Iraq was made public, this soldier–thinker became a hero and an inspiration to world leaders and infantrymen alike. To a public suspicious about the motives for war, he offered some explanation for it and inspired a mood of optimism and humanity that has since been sadly lost. And yet, only two months later Collins was pil ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published April 3rd 2006 by Headline Book Publishing (first published May 2005)
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Liam
Jan 01, 2011 Liam rated it really liked it
Great book. I would be willing to serve under Colonel Collins any day of the week. I had no idea that soldiers in the RIR still came from all over Ireland (i.e. the Republic as well as the Six Counties). The saddest part of this story was that Colonel Collins could not seem to understand why he was treated so shabbily by the British Government, Army and Press... Unfortunately, I have had to learn the hard way that, in general, the Sassenach hate all of us Irish, and consider us to be subhuman s ...more
Alex
Sep 03, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
A good analysis of counter-insurgency warfare seen from the perspective of someone who has always been in the thick of it. Born in Belfast he grew up with the "troubles" and so, together with the Royal Irish, it's probably unsurprising he had a better understanding of how to cope with such disquite.
The book then lins that experience to the situation in Iraq and hi famous speech. Very much the thinking soldier, Collins tries to reason about what is the point of the conflict: not from the politica
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Gareth
Jan 04, 2009 Gareth rated it really liked it
Tim Collins' book recounts his experiences as Commanding Officer of 1 Royal Irish in the years preceding the Gulf War, during and the immediate aftermath. The book was very weel put together and a very easy, informative and entertaining read. It gives good insight into some of the challenges immediately apparent in Iraq after the fall of its dictator.

Sadly, the biggest message that this book reveals, from a man having been successful in his Army career of over 22 years, is that the Army does not
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Lisa
Mar 19, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it
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Well written, intelligent, but most of all interesting reading! Really enjoyed it.
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May 08, 2008 Ali rated it really liked it
An honest, often gutsy insight into the war in Iraq, which includes the transcript of THAT speech.
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