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Jungle of Snakes

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The end of the Cold War promised a new, more peaceful era was at hand. But with the escalation of violence by terrorists, insurgents, and guerillas, former CIA director James Woolsey said "After forty-five years of fighting a dragon we finally killed it, and now instead, we find ourselves standing in a jungle with a bunch of snakes." The emergence of a fresh set of conflic ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published June 3rd 2009)
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victor harris
The best book on the topic of insurgency and counterinsurgency I have read. Excellent selections to explicate the main themes, showing how some methods of counterinsurgency succeeded as well as dissecting the problems in the ones that failed.
Begins with the U.S. dealing with the insurrection in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century and continues into modern era with special focus on Algeria from 1954-62.
If you are looking for a readable yet scholarly commentary on the topic, I stro
The writing is not very good, some of the details and analysis are too sparse. He highlights two successful counter-insurgencies and two unsuccessful ones, but does not do enough to explore if any pattern exists or not.

One aspect some might find interesting is his treatment of Vietnam as an insurgency. But I think Max Boot dealt with this concept better in his book on small wars.

Interesting overview of 4 20th C. counter insurgency efforts: Philippines, Algeria, Malaysia and Vietnam. Some interesting information but not as in depth or as clear as I would like.
If you into counterinsurgency strategy this is a must read. Very good lessons in history that will help in current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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