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Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraq

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The end of the cold war promised a new era of international peace. Instead, violence has proliferated across the globe. What does history tell us about how this conflict will play out? Noted military historian James R. Arnold delivers an engrossing narrative history of a century of counterinsurgent warfare. Analyzing past campaigns—the United States in the Philippines, the British in Malaya, the French in Algeria, and the United States in Vietnam—Arnold traces patterns of victory and defeat. Patience, determination, and adaptability are needed—an epilogue examines the occupation of Iraq, where America, to its cost, ignored the lessons of history. Jungle of Snakes is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the ongoing worldwide conflict the Pentagon calls the "Long War."
James R. Arnold is the author of more than twenty books, including The First Domino: Eisenhower, the Military, and America's Intervention in Vietnam; Presidents Under Fire: Commanders in Chief in Victory and Defeat; Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier; and Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napoleon, the Eylau Campaign 1806-1807. He lives on a farm near Lexington, Virginia.
The end of the cold war promised a new era of international peace. But instead, violence has proliferated across the globe, not in the form of a superpower arms race or a clash of armies, but in bitter local conflicts marked by terrorism, insurgency, and guerrilla warfare. Former Central Intelligence Agency director James Woolsey likened the post-cold-war world to “a jungle full of snakes.” The emergence of this new, potentially never-ending struggle has forced our military to reevaluate strategies or risk losing hearts, minds, and soldiers the world over.

James Arnold delivers a gripping narrative of a century of counterinsurgent warfare, from the Philippine War to present-day Iraq, analyzing wars won and lost: the British in Malaya, the French in Algeria, and the United States in Vietnam. Arnold explains the tug-of-war for civilian support and illustrates the high stakes of any counterinsurgency effort. The epilogue examines the occupation of Iraq, where America, to its cost, ignored the lessons of previous conflicts.

A veteran military historian, Arnold combines storytelling ability with strategic insight. Jungle of Snakes will be essential reading for those who want to understand the ongoing series of struggles that the Pentagon calls “the Long War.”

“[James Arnold] takes a look at four counterinsurgency campaigns. His history offers insights on what works—and, perhaps more important, on what doesnt work.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The book is essentially a primer for the general reader, but it will not disappoint specialists.”—Michigan War Studies Review

“Delivers needed insight and historical precedent to the current war debate.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A thoughtful history . . . [Arnold] makes a convincing case that killing insurgents never defeats an insurgency. That happens when a nations population feels safe, a painful lesson that America is relearning the hard way in Iraq and Afghanistan.”—Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

The end of the cold war promised a new era of international peace. Instead, violence has proliferated across the globe. What does history tell us about how this conflict will play out? Noted military historian James R. Arnold delivers an engrossing narrative history of a century of counterinsurgent warfare. Analyzing past campaigns--the United States in the Philippines, the British in Malaya, the French in Algeria, and the United States in Vietnam--Arnold traces patterns of victory and defeat. Patience, determination, and adaptability are needed--an epilogue examines the occupation of Iraq, where America, to its cost, ignored the lessons of history. Jungle of Snakes is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the ongoing worldwide conflict the Pentagon calls the "Long War."

About the Author

James R. Arnold is the author of more than twenty books, including The First Domino: Eisenhower, the Military, and America's Intervention in Vietnam; Presidents Under Fire: Commanders in Chief in Victory and Defeat; Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier; and Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napolean, the Eylau Campaign 1806-1807. He lives on a farm near Lexington, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608190942
Author:
Arnold, James R.
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military-General History
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW Illustrations throughout
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.26 x 5.5 x 0.865 in

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The end of the cold war promised a new era of international peace. Instead, violence has proliferated across the globe. What does history tell us about how this conflict will play out? Noted military historian James R. Arnold delivers an engrossing narrative history of a century of counterinsurgent warfare. Analyzing past campaigns--the United States in the Philippines, the British in Malaya, the French in Algeria, and the United States in Vietnam--Arnold traces patterns of victory and defeat. Patience, determination, and adaptability are needed--an epilogue examines the occupation of Iraq, where America, to its cost, ignored the lessons of history. Jungle of Snakes is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the ongoing worldwide conflict the Pentagon calls the "Long War."
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