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The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies

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Ten years ago we found evidence that al-Qaeda was far more organized and adept than we had previously given them credit for. It took us nearly that long to locate and execute their leader, Osama bin Laden, and we are far from finished. Al-Qaeda has morphed into a much more dangerous, menacing threat: ISIS. A war is being waged against u
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Nick Ziegler
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's difficult to know where to begin criticizing this jingoistic, paranoid, calculatedly-inexact discussion of US foreign policy. Because the book is short and Flynn will now be the President's National Security Advisor, I thought it wise to read this book. Knowing that Flynn has a reputation for running afoul of political correctness when discussing present US national security, I remained open minded that a military professional might have both a nuanced understanding of what I have no proble ...more
Jim Brown
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
MUST READ, MUST READ, MUST READ! The world is changing and you may not even understand or know just how much it is changing and why. It is impossible for me to recommend General Michael Flynn's book, The Field of Fight as much as I could put into words. General Flynn not only lays out the problems the world and more specifically America faces, he provides solutions and some of the solutions you may not like but often times unlikable solutions are exactly what is needed. READ THE BOOK, READ THE B ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I confess that I came to this book with a few prejudices, but I came away after reading it thinking that General Flynn and Michael Ledeen have it exactly right. We face an existential threat from Radical Islamists.

Four key points in how to win:

"1. Destroy jihadi armies, and killing or capturing their leaders;
2. Discrediting their ideology, which will be greatly helped by our military victories, but which requires a serious program all its own;
3. Creating a new set of twenty-first-century global
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An important book by the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and career intelligence officer, who worked with Gen. Petraeus and Gen. McChrystal and was central to many of the key intelligence breakthroughs that have been critical in countering Al Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban, and other terrorist organizations. Flynn pulls no punches and makes no bones about it: we are in war against Islamic terrorism, and we need to call it by its name in order to fight it effectively and win. But unlike ...more
David Firester
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
To begin with, I will say that the book is not exactly what one might expect from a recently retired General. For starters, there were numerous spelling errors, an assortment of colloquialisms and some instances in which the prose took on a decidedly partisan tone. The means of documenting sources was something akin to a blog-posting, in that he simply copied and pasted links to pages, right into the body of the work. I would have liked to have seen a more thoroughly researched and properly cite ...more
Glen Stott
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
Lt. General Michael Flynn spent most of his career in Army Intelligence. He worked with Generals McChrystal, Patraeus, and other men who fought the war on terror from its early days. They saw the war in Iraq falling into defeat, and they developed the programs and policies that turned it into an astounding victory. I thought the surge in Iraq was merely an increase in men and materials that overwhelmed the enemy by sheer numbers. That was not the case. McChrystal and the others learned from the ...more
Anne Pytlak
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I think it's important to read the direct source instead of summaries by the news networks, as this man may become our National Security Advisor.

He's experienced, tough, opinionated, and efficient. He's also quick to see the world as black and white, and not the endless shades of gray it truly is.

As a soldier, this makes him an effective warrior. As a security advisor, more diplomatic approaches will be necessary if the US is to be a well respected leader.

I found he oversimplifies certain histo
Aug 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
really disappointing. while his overarching argument might be valid, he does a terrible job of creating any sort of coherent (or original) strategy. and even though he has a "professional" co-author, the book just seems poorly written and edited--it jumps around so much in time and topic, and that makes the narrative hard to follow. plus, the guy clearly seems to have serious sour grapes towards the current administration (they fired him, after all) and a prejudice against Islam itself rather th ...more
William Struse
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Crossroads of Our Republic –

Several times in its nearly 250 years of existence our Nation has been at a crossroads. Looking back on our War for Independence, the Civil War, and WWII we know the decisions made in those tumultuous times forever altered the destiny of our Republic.

We are once again at one of those crossroads where the battle lines have been drawn, only this time in an asymmetrical war between western democracy and the radical Islamists and nation states who nurture them. In his
Tim Cardenuto
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
If you are used to reading books on current affairs by academic authors or journalists, be prepared for a rough read. This is not a history book. This is not a *detailed* analysis and prescription for solving our current geopolitical problems. Wild with accusations and should have's of the past administration, Flynn does not clearly convey that *he* has a consistent philosophy on what US foreign policy should be in the same situations. In some cases he seems to advocate for the US backing of tot ...more
Jamie King
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
To quote Hillary Clinon/Saul Alinsky, "There is only the fight"

The book focuses on modern military strategy. I was hoping for and expecting a profile on ISIS, summaries given are brief meant to supply context.

Most important is Flynn's recognition of the ideological battle that must be one. This is a very important distinction that has been ignored but must be made before any force can become victorious.

An expanded review focused on military strategy:
Flynn brings us through developments in intell
Jonathan Tennis
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having worked for Mike Flynn in a couple assignments, I can say that he is a leader that cares about the intelligence community. The book is a short read and for the most part (outside of some stories about early deployments) he stays on his target – the fight against radical Islam.

Flynn details his coming to intel and the problems with modernizing the approach to its collection faced in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Whoever wins the White House will be facing this situation in their administration and
Jim Mccormick
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional military intelligence perspective. Lots of compelling facts and war stories. Not sure I disagree with his observations and criticisms, but my initial reaction is that, as with Gen MaCarthur, I'm kinda glad there was a civil leadership there to rein him in. While it might be effective in the short term, I just can't believe a global judeo-christian jihad would be a good move, no matter how sophisticated and organized the global radical muslim jihad may be. We should strengthen our val ...more
Steve Atkinson
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his insightful and well-researched treatise on the global war against radical Islam, Lt General Michael T. Flynn lays out the history of our fight, a bit of the history of terrorism and what we can do to win. He explains how a good leader is willing, no, most willing to change strategy when the current strategy employed is not working.

This book should be required reading for all Americans who don't understand our enemy or why we seem to be losing this totalitarian foe. Wishing it away or givi
Yasmine Flodin-Ali
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Pretty crazy. A few interesting thoughts here and there about military operations, but these occasional coherent sentences are undercut by paragraphs filled with a delusional clash of civilizations narrative and other paranoid Islamaphobic ramblings. Worth reading though to learn more about the soon to be President's National Security Advisor. A very, very quick and surprisingly interesting read (although not for the reasons Flynn intended). The depths of Flynn's anger with "PC culture" is fasci ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He lays it out---how the fighting the Middle East has gone, how it's going now and how it can go much better. He says it like it is-he is critical of both parties. His main point is if we are going to commit US troops overseas then let's get the job done not keep retreating.
David Gillespie
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read by Lt. Gen. Flynn. Succinct, yet deep. Please read
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book after Flynn was named Trumps national security advisor, wanting to learn more about his thinking. After finishing it I have to say that he comes off as a fairly reasonable guy.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't know where to start with this book. I believe Lt Gen Flynn makes a decent case for WHO America's enemy is and generally WHAT needs to be done to defeat them. But I felt like the book was almost a tirade or rant against administrations' (primarily Obama's) handling of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I felt like the book lacked a solid organization. Rather, it was more like a steady stream of thought rather than a thoughtfully constructed argument. For instance, I feel like he discussed ...more
Tony | Outwork
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for an alternative view of the conflicts in the Middle East and Radical Islam
This is not a traditional review of the book but I enjoyed LTG (R) Flynn's thoughts on the subject of Radical Islam. Here is an excerpt from

I followed LTG Flynn a bit during the Trump campaign as he served as Senior Military Adviser. His thoughts then were immensely interesting to me because he was able to say exactly what needed to be done in order to gain a victory in the Middle East.

However, his words were not Politically Correct and the basis of his argument invo
Nov 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, audiobk
My dislike of this book is not based on the writing but rather the content. Flynn rants against the Obama administration and political correctness. In all fairness, he also describes failures of the Bush administration in the Middle East. Not surprising since we have been involved in many snafus in the Middle East for years. However, I do believe Flynn misses the mark on just how gullible his reading public is. Flynn is obsessed with Iran and believes it is the biggest contributor to terrorism. ...more
Julius Evans
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm reading too many generals' books. Also, I just finished reading 'American Radical,' the true story of an FBI agent who infiltrated a terrorist cell and averted a couple of terrorists attacks. So I was in the mood for what Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn had to say. Not to mention, last year, I read 'True Faith and Allegiance,' another real kick-ass book -- if you like that sort of story.

So Flynn was a rabble-rouser when he was coming up. I get that. He saved a couple of lives as a young guy. G
Jan 04, 2017 added it
The ‏Author is very talented on fabricating lies in order to make the story more realistic,

In chapter 4 Iran : he claimed that the ALQAEDA IN AFGANISTAN AND IRAQ were recruited an supported by Iran's regime which is funny because we knew how the ALQAEDA was created in the 80's

He also claimed that the Communism and the Nazi has affected the Radical islamic which is silly because after WW2 the arab Communists did not adopt the armed struggle in the Plalestinian case and that's why the Arab has ad
Shawn Brands
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
I've never had such low expectations when starting a book, yet somehow this failed to meet even those. His supposition that the American people are made ignorant of national security issues by their political leaders is frankly unsupported on every issue he attempts to raise. His main point that Iranian involvement in Iraq and throughout the Middle East has been "hidden" for political expediency is frankly news to me...I thought that was pretty clear back in 2006. An understanding of Clausewitz ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, war
Flynn overviews his life and career fighting terrorism in the middle east. The book provides insight on the terrorism, strategy, tactics and policies. Understanding the enemy and setting a clear strategy to defeat the enemy are key tenants of this book. Flynn's strategy is summarized well in his book. "we must engage the violent Islamists wherever they are, drive them from their safe havens, and kill them or capture them" - Page 105

The basic strategy sounds simple but the implementation is more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Utter crap, a terribly cited indictment of the influence of the Israel lobby on US foreign policy and an illogical screed against the supposed supporters of ISIS and other 'Radical Islamists'. The Ledeen family has their hooks in, and accuse Iran and Russia of aiding their cause. If that is the case, why is it that the cease fire of 8 October 2016 violated by the Israeli airstrikes in an act that helped Assad's own enemies - ISIS?

Read between the lines and replace Syria and Russia with the US,
Craig Fiebig
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's hard to square recent events and accusations against Gen. Flynn with his writings in this book. Clearly no friend of the Russians, assuming his book reasonably reflects his world view, it's a wonder that he stands accused of paid collusion. Whether guilty or not his book warrants reading for any student of the conflict with Al Queda / ISIS. Flynn articulates a need for an honest appraisal of the opponent ... analysis unsullied by political consideration ... and a sober strategy reflecting r ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lived this book. This Lt. General was discharged from his position because he told the truth about the terrorists organinizations around the world to a congressional committee and they did not want to step up to the plate and listen to him. They all want to live in denial and not know how bad things really are and if we knew we would want them to do something about it. I thought he was spot on in his thinking, that the world is worse off than we think. Also taking all our troops out of Iraq wa ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Important book to read by the expert on Terrorism and Counter-terrorism. The author has incredibly deep experience in the arena of Terrorism. Flynn pulls no punches being critical of the Obama administration and their lack of will to fight terrorism. That administration was more compliant with terrorism (gee I wonder why), than with fighting it. Flynn was appointed to be the National Security Advisor to President Trump because he is honest and doesn't tell people what they want to hear and knows ...more
Jonathan Rolfe
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an easy listen on Audible.

Flynn has a lot to say about successfully applying intelligence to achieve agility in targeting. He emphasizes the importance of defining the enemy and their goals, supporting friendly strongmen, and maintaining a strong relationship with Israel. He sees Salafist Islam as an existential threat, which is refreshing to hear after the last eight years.

"Good leaders are always ready to abandon a losing strategy in favor of something more promising."
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Lt. General (Ret.) Michael T. Flynn spent 33 years as an intelligence officer. Before he was terminated from government service, he served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Senior Military Intelligence Officer in the Department of Defense. He has since founded the Flynn Intel Group, a Commercial, Government, and International consulting firm. He lives in Virginia.


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“This administration has forbidden us to describe our enemies properly and clearly: they are Radical Islamists. They are not alone, and are allied with countries and groups who, though not religious fanatics, share their hatred of the West, particularly the United States and Israel.” 1 likes
“There can be no winks, no nods, there must be brutal truth telling. Those intelligence personnel who give in to their own personal weaknesses and who are overly cautious because they fear an ass-chewing or worse, are being beyond irresponsible. In combat, their weakness results in loss of life and national defeat. Once” 0 likes
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