Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win / Edition 1

Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win / Edition 1

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by Jeffrey Record
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597970905

ISBN-13: 9781597970907

Pub. Date: 05/30/2007

Publisher: Potomac Books


Beating Goliath examines the phenomenon of victories by the weak over the strong—more specifically, insurgencies that succeeded against great powers. Jeffrey Record reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines why the seemingly weaker side won. He concludes that external assistance correlates more consistently with insurgent…  See more details below

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Beating Goliath examines the phenomenon of victories by the weak over the strong—more specifically, insurgencies that succeeded against great powers. Jeffrey Record reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines why the seemingly weaker side won. He concludes that external assistance correlates more consistently with insurgent success than any other explanation. He does not disparage the critical importance of will, strategy, and strong-side regime type or suggest that external assistance guarantees success. Indeed, in all cases, some combination of these factors is usually present. But Record finds few if any cases of unassisted insurgent victories except against the most decrepit regimes. Having identified the ingredients of insurgent success, Record examines the present insurgency in Iraq and whether the United States can win. In so doing, Record employs a comparative analysis of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. He also identifies and assesses the influence of distinctive features of the American way of war on the U.S. forces’ performance against the Iraqi insurgency. Make no mistake: insurgent victories are the exception, not the rule. But when David does beat Goliath, the consequences can be earth shattering and change the course of history. Jeffrey Record’s persuasive logic and clear writing make this timely book a must read for scholars, policymakers, military strategists, and anyone interested in the Iraq War’s outcome.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597970907
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
05/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Explaining Goliath Defeats: Will, Strategy, and Type of Government 1

2 The Role of External Assistance 23

3 The Iraqi Insurgency: Vietnam Perspectives 67

4 The American Way: War Without Politics 103

5 The American Way: Search and Destroy 117

6 Conclusion 131

Notes 139

Glossary 159

Bibliography 161

Index 175

About the Author 180

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Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BitsBacon More than 1 year ago
Does great job analyzing the factors that lead to successful and unsuccessful insurgencies... I think critical for military and civilian leaders who have to grapple with fighting insurgencies like we are in Afghanistan and Iraq. The downside is that it reads like a "term paper" or a "thesis", so its best to read when wide awake in the mornign with a good cup of coffee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago