Mavericks of War: The Unconventional, Unorthodox Innovators and Thinkers, Scholars, and Outsiders Who Mastered the Art of War
Mavericks of War: The Unconventional, Unorthodox Innovators and Thinkers, Scholars, and Outsiders Who Mastered the Art of War

Mavericks of War: The Unconventional, Unorthodox Innovators and Thinkers, Scholars, and Outsiders Who Mastered the Art of War

by Jason Ridler

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Overview

During World War I, Oxford-trained archeologist Lawrence of Arabia used his knowledge of the Middle East to help organize the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. In this entertaining and insightful book, Jason Ridler profiles the intellectuals, outsiders, and eccentrics who followed in Lawrence’s footsteps across the next hundred years of warfare and who relied on creativity, curiosity, and outside-the-box thinking to shape battlefields from World War II and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. They were Ivy Leaguers and Oxford scholars, anthropologists and archeologists, an ad executive, an international activist, a Peace Corps veteran, an émigré journalist (and former teenage member of the French Resistance), a diplomat—mavericks and oddballs, men and women—who, not always heralded or heeded and sometimes hated, challenged traditional military thought and helped win wars, secure peace, and change the face of modern war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811719865
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jason S. Ridler holds a PhD in war studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a former visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published numerous articles on special forces, unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency, and military history. He is an adjunct professor at Norwich University and a teaching fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Leachman's Ghost 1

Part I Mavericks of the Great War 11

Chapter 1 "Those Who Dream in Daylight": T. E. Lawrence and the Impact of a Maverick of War 13

Chapter 2 "The Lone and Hopeless Struggle": Wilhelm Wassmuss and the German Experiment in Islamic Insurgencies, 1914-1918 39

Part II Global War on Ignorance and the Axis: The Special Operations Executive and the Office of Strategic Services 61

Chapter 3 "Dishonest Adventurers": Monty Woodhouse and the SOE in Greece during the Second World War 64

Chapter 4 "Despite the Handicap of Her Sex": Cora Du Bois, OSS Research and Analysis Chief in Southeast Asia, 1943-1945 89

Part III Mavericks of Vietnam 109

Chapter 5 Expert in Exile: Bernard Fall and Speaking Truth to Power in Vietnam 111

Chapter 6 The Ad Man and the Wolf: The Victories and Defeats of Edward Lansdale and Charles Bohannan in Southeast Asia, 1945-1968 133

Part IV Mavericks after Vietnam 171

Chapter 7 Prelude: Gertrude Bell and War in a "Devil's Cauldron" 175

Chapter 8 Warlords, Commanders, and the Truth Sarah Chayes in Afghanistan, 2002-2010 185

Chapter 9 British Pacifist versus American Pride: Emma Sky in Iraq, 2003-2010 211

Conclusion 240

Notes 254

Bibliography 300

Index 313

About the Author 332

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