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Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat
Since the end of the Cold War, conventional militaries and their political leaders have confronted a new, brutal type of warfare in which non-state armed groups use asymmetrical tactics to successfully fight larger, technologically superior forces. In order to prevent future bloodshed and political chaos, it is crucial to understand how these unconventional armed groups th ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Columbia University Press
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Oct 25, 2011 James rated it really liked it
Four thorough case studies of insurgent movements in different parts of the world - Somalia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Shultz does a very good job of describing the conditions under which these insurgencies arose, the cultures and tactics of the insurgents, and the responses of the major powers they were or are fighting. Common themes stand out, e.g. the tendency of superpowers and their armies to underestimate guerrilla and insurgent groups and those groups' capabilities, and the degree ...more
These people really do know what they are talking about. However, it was quite a dense read, and I can imagine people who aren't so politically savvy would have a hard time reading this. This is defiantly a book for people who are more informed on the subject of terrorism, and is certainly not a good book to read if you are just starting to learn about the topic.
This book was incredibly boring in the beginning, but it got better. I thought the sections on Chechnya and Afghanistan were particularly good. The analysis of the Iraq War was a bit tedious, but well worth reading. Not the best-written book I've ever read, but it contains a great deal of information and parts of it were extremely interesting.