Insurgency and Terrorism: From Revolution to Apocalypse; 2nd Ed., Revised / Edition 2

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A systematic, comprehensive, and straightforward textbook for analyzing and comparing insurgencies and terrorist movements, Insurgency and Terrorism was first published in 1990 to broad acclaim. Observers, scholars, students, military personnel, journalists, and government analysts worldwide found it worthy of study. Now Insurgency and Terrorism has been thoroughly revised and updated to cover activity that has since occurred in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, Colombia, and elsewhere and to address the new tactics and weapons used—and threatened. Author Bard E. O'Neill, the director of studies of insurgency and revolution at the National War College, addresses insurgencies with respect to ultimate goals, strategies, forms of warfare, the role and means of acquiring popular support, organizational dynamics, causes and effects of disunity, types of external support, and government responses. Course syllabi included.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Far from the model of a rigid prescriptive text, this book approaches its subject in a way that allows full consideration of complexities in this difficult area. . . .The author provides not only a useful text for studies of political violence but also—and more importantly—a readable guide for security practitioners."

"This paperback is a tour de force of modern insurgency. . . . O'Neill has the capacity to make the reader enter the mind and tactics of insurgents. The book ends with a self-study syllabus that can expand the reader's study of terrorism and insurgencies. O'Neill's book is highly recommended in this current combat environment."

"Seminal . . . a modern 'classic.' Dr. O'Neill's treatise is now required reading in American and British military schools and 'war colleges.' Analytical and insightful, O'Neill compares and contrasts many recent 'insurgencies' and provides a theoretical framework in which to view current and future struggles."

"Required reading that should be in infantrymen’s rucksacks and on the desks of all twenty-first-century national security experts. As the principal military adviser to two CIA task forces, I used this text daily. O’Neill’s second edition addresses the tumultuous beginning of our new century and has direct application on the battlefield as well as in the classroom. To suppress terrorism, to undermine terrorism’s ideological support, and to win the war of ideas, you need some of the better ideas found in this book."

"Bard O’Neill offers an excellent conceptual framework for studying insurgencies and terrorism, underscored with numerous real-world examples. His is the ideal textbook or reference aid for soldiers, analysts, students, and scholars who seek a better understanding of contemporary conflicts."

"Should be on every military professional's reading list and is a must read for anyone deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq, or any potential hotspot around the world. . . . Whether one is able to get one's hands on the first edition or the revised second edition, the results will be the same: a greater appreciation and understanding of the enemy, the battlefield, and what is required to fight and win in the twenty-first century. . . . Without a doubt, Mr. O'Neill's book arms soldiers and leaders with a way to define the threat and develop ways to defeat it."


"Anyone interested in the role of force in international affairs should read Insurgency and Terrorism. Bard O’Neill has educated thousands of our leaders. Now his celebrated framework for analyzing insurgencies is available to a wider audience. This book cries out to be read and studied."

"A gold mine for the library of any serious student of revolutionary warfare. This may well be the most in-depth and scholarly treatise on insurgency and terrorism of the decade."

"Well-organized, clearly written, and solidly thought out."

"A career military man will find it worthwhile to spend some time reading and studying this book."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574881721
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 771,230
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bard E. O’Neill is professor of international affairs at the National War College, Washington, D.C., where he is also director of Middle East studies and director of studies of insurgency and revolution. His other publication credits include The Energy Crisis and U.S. Foreign Policy and Armed Struggle in Palestine. He lives in Springfield, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

1 Insurgency in the contemporary world 1
2 The nature of insurgency 15
3 Insurgent strategies 45
4 The environment 71
5 Popular support 93
6 Organization and unity 115
7 External support 139
8 Government response 155
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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Insurgecy and Terrorism for Dummies

    If you are interested in current events, military history and or political science Bard O'Neil's a great starting point as it relates to some of the most important events going on today around the world; wether it is Northern Ireland and the IRA. Isreal and the PLO; Spain with Basques, or the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bard O'Niel takes complex thoughts, ideals, and motivations of different groups in a way that is easy to understand no matter what level of knowledge or experience on the subject. He lays out the basic fundenmentals and points out the differences between, insurgents, counterinsurgents, terrorist and guerillas. For those in the miliatry especially senior non commissioned officers and officers this book should be mandatory reading at professional schools. And for those preparing to deploy anywhere to hot spots on the globe, it gives you a heads up on the different motives and why those groups are getting support and what they need to do to get that support. I highly reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    a recommended read for those wanting to understand todays threats

    This is a very good book in understanding the complexities of insurgencies and a way to actually define the main differences between terrorists, insurgencies and guerrilla warfare. The book starts with the different types of insurgencies giving examples of different types. Such as anarchists, egalitarian, traditionalist, and secessionists. They also go into detail about the different types of support such as popular support and military types of insurgencies and the types of insurgents who use various tactics. The book does show the combinations of different types of insurgents, the ones that have been successful and the ones who have failed. The book also gives examples of government responses to different insurgencies advantages and disadvantages as well as popular figures in insurgent history such as Mao Tse-tung Dung, and Ernesto Che Guerra. It is a recommended read for those trying to understand terrorism and insurgencies. The book allows you to categorize the complexities for better understanding of insurgencies as well as established government's responses.

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