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Unrestricted Warfare: China's Master Plan to Destroy America

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As incredible as it may be to believe, three years before the Sept. 11 bombing of the World Trade Center a Chinese military manual titled Unrestricted Warfare touted such an attack - suggesting it would be difficult for the U.S. military to cope with.

Here is an excerpt from Unrestricted Warfare:

"Whether it be the intrusions of hackers, a major explosion at the World Trad

Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 22nd 2002 by Pan American Publishing Company
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Nov 13, 2013 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting thesis from -- what I imagine -- China's version of War College. Although not exactly what the dust jacket inside flap promises (concrete links between China and UBL’s mastermind of Sept 11th) this is well worth the read.

The main theme of the book is that warfare is/has moved beyond the armies of two nations meeting on a battlefield, to every domain, every space, and all people being involved or potentially involved in warfare. Three points that I found interesting:

-- While th
Oct 19, 2016 Derek rated it liked it
first of all i would advise the interested to try and find a different copy than the one Goodreads displays with the Al Santoli introduction because the cover will make you look like a dumbass.

despite what the added-on subtitle claims, this is actually a work of military theory by two Chinese PLA officers and rather sympathetic to the United States at certain points. i'm not especially versed in the classics of the genre so it was probably a bit of a mistake to go into something aiming towards t
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May 27, 2013 Michael Burnam-Fink rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, 2012
Strategy is not an American strength. Strategic plans are written to serve the interests of political parties and the election cycle, factions within the Pentagon and military industrial complex seeking billions of dollars for next-gen weapons system, or at best a small group of dissident colonels seeking promotion or post-retirement sinecures. Everybody has an agenda, and almost nobody is conducting honest analysis in search of the truth. The authors of Unrestricted Warfare are coming from ...more
Andy Li
Apr 17, 2014 Andy Li rated it did not like it
Propaganda garbage meant to demonize China. The implication that China may be behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks is particularly vile.

First off, anything coming from the CIA can be safely dismissed as propaganda garbage. Much of the original meaning of the Chinese text was purposefully lost in translation to make the Chinese seem more evil and to compare them with the likes of Hitler and Mussolini.

By the way, the PLA is not inferior to the US's military. Such claims are promulgated as part of th
To be honest, I was a little disappointed in this book. To be fair, it is about 13 years old, so most of the strategy discussed in it is pretty much conventional wisdom by now. What the authors term "Unrestricted Warfare" is really just the idea that a country must be ready for unconventional attacks from unconventional individuals. This includes 'financial warfare' and 'electronic warfare', while also discussing the manner in which they can both be the means and ends of conflict. The book was ...more
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Dec 17, 2013 George Estrada rated it really liked it
This was a well thought out work. While it retains a lot that is relevant, it's it dated and it would be interesting to read a follow up by the authors and any other expert in this field that would contrast the observations made in this book with our (US) current security posture.

The authors seem a bit paranoid at times with their emphasis that everything is an extension of war - economy, diplomacy. They make sense it their constant focus on George Soros begs suggest that they might be reading a
Dec 11, 2007 Tucker rated it really liked it
Despite the cover this has nothing to do with 9/11, it is actually a very scary look at how the Chinese see all aspects of a country's power (e.g. technology, economy, health & human services) as being fair game for warfare.
How over rated is that? Grossly would be the answer i suspect. A very ordinary piece of writing, the only novelty perhaps is its supposed prediction of 9/11 and that it is one of the rare original wks by PLA officers translated and available in english.
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