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How to Stage a Military Coup: Planning to Execution

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The coup remains the single most common form of power change throughout the world. The government being targeted by a coup attempt could be democratically elected, a long-standing dictatorship, or nothing more than a junta put in place by the previous month's coup. The motivation will always be lust for power, patriotism, greed or exploitation. It is usually a combination ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 10th 2005 by Greenhill Books
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Maru Kun
May 28, 2013 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
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
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book on military coups and military intervention by superpowers. There is a correlation which citizens must know.
I liked the book.
C. Scott
It's almost funny how straight the authors play this. There is legitimate advice for how one might go about staging a coup d'etat in this book. For example planning, training, recruitment, and counter-surveillance.

But the number of people actually reading this book and contemplating a military overthrow are vanishingly small. Instead, this book operates as an interesting insight into how western intelligence services do their dirty work. The most interesting sections, I thought, shed light on t
Michael Clark
Apr 18, 2015 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
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ina Cawl
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اسم كتاب :-كيف تقوم بانقلاب عسكري-من تخطيط الي تنفيذ
كتاب :- كين كونور و ديفيد هيربديتش
تاريخ اصدار كتاب:-يوليو ٣٠ ،٢٠٠٨
قيمة كتاب:- ١٣$

يتناول هذا كتاب تاريخ الانقلابات الحديثه و كيف ينجح الانقلاب و يفشل و يعلمك كيف تخطط وتنجح في عمل الانقلاب العسكري.
يتكون هذا كتاب من عشرة فصول
١-الجيش في السياسه
٢-الهدف والرساله من الانقلاب العسكري
٣-التخطيط لافضل انقلاب
٤-تجنيد و تدريب و تكتيك
٥-اخفاء عملية انقلابك حتي اخر لحظه
٦-كلمه من ممؤلين و مؤيدين الانقلاب
٧-جزر غريبه في اماكن استراتيجيه
٨-الانقلاب الذي لم ينجح
Reza Amiri Praramadhan
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
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..
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining but fundamentally unserious. Luttwak is a nutbar but his "Coup d'Etat" is much better.
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