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Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win


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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.

About the Author

Jeffrey Record is now professor of strategy at the U.S. Air Force's Air War College.

Table of Contents

Explaining Goliath defeats: will, strategy, and type of government — The role of external assistance — The Iraqi insurgency: Vietnam perspectives — The American way: war without politics — The American way: search and destroy — Conclusion.

Product Details

Potomac Books Inc.
Record, Jeffrey
History : Military - Strategy
Publication Date:
May 2007

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Military » Iraq War (2003-)
History and Social Science » Military » Strategy Tactics and Deception
History and Social Science » Military » US Military » General
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War
History and Social Science » World History » General

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