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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. 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 Records persuasive logic and clear writing make this timely book a must read for scholars, policymakers, military strategists, and anyone interested in the Iraq Wars outcome.

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

ISBN:
9781597973212
Subtitle:
Why Insurgencies Win
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Author:
Record, Jeffrey
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Subject:
History : Military - Strategy
Subject:
Military - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.94 lb

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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