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The Accidental Guerrilla


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David Kilcullen is one of the world's leading experts on guerrilla warfare and, rarely among his kind, has a PhD in political anthropology. He has served in every theatre of the 'War on Terror' since 9/11 as Special Advisor for Counterinsurgency to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, and chief counterterrorism strategist for the US State Department. He is a former Australian Army officer with combat experience in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.


'This book should be required reading for every American soldier, as well as anyone involved in the war on terror. Kilcullen's central concept of the 'accidental guerrilla' is brilliant and the policy prescriptions that flow from it important. And that's not all; the book has many more insights drawn from various battlefields.' - Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek 'For a wider perspective on the lessons drawn over the past seven years of the war on terrorA", the reader can do no better than turn to Dr Kilcullen's excellent book. The Accidental Guerrilla has an anthropologist's sense of social dynamics and a reporter's eye for telling detail. If T.E. Lawrence evoked the means of waging irregular warfare in his 1926 classic, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Dr Kilcullen describes the practitioner's art of combating insurgents.' - The Economist 'Kilcullen's The Accidental Guerrilla is a perceptive, argumentative handbook on how to fix a problem. [...] His argument is that while there is a global enemyA", it amounts to only 2 per cent to 5 per cent of the people we've been fighting since 9/11A". Many of the others are Accidental TerroristsA", provoked into retaliation by intrusion into their territory or disputes. [...] His strength is in knowledge of the different enemies and their motivation, and it is his case that without understanding those subtleties, the battle is lost.' - The Times 'Kilcullen's influence on how the U.S. military thought about counterinsurgency campaigning cannot be overstated.' - Tom Ricks, author of The Gamble 'There are some standard texts on [counterinsurgency]. The Accidental Guerrilla is sure to become one.' - The Wall Street Journal 'This book is essential... Kilcullen skilfully interprets the future of counterinsurgency, the proper use of military force and what we must learn from our losses and mistakes. After reading The Accidental Guerrilla, one is left to wonder why the Pentagon did not listen to his sage advice back in 2003.' - New York Times Book Review

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