More InfoCounterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam: Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife by John Nagl
Armies are invariably accused of preparing to fight the last war. Nagl examines how armies learn during the course of conflicts for which they are initially unprepared in organization, training, and mindset. He compares the development of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice in the Malayan Emergency from 1948-1960 with that developed in the Vietnam Conflict from 1950-1975, through use of archival sources and interviews with participants in both conflicts. In examining these two events, he argues that organizational culture is the key variable in determining the success or failure of...
Special forces are in the vanguard of modern warfare.
The names of their battlegrounds are familiar.
Vietnam. Mogadishu. Kabul. The Iranian Embassy. Banjul. The Falklands. Grenada.
Surgical strike or counter-terrorist operation, training guerrillas or quashing coups, time has proven that even the smallest number of these highly-trained operatives can achieve what an army cannot.
But not every mission has been successful, and nor has support for them been constant.
These deadly armies lie hidden from public scrutiny.
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When physical disability from combat wounds brought about Jim Stockdale's early retirement from military life, he had the distinction of being the only three-star officer in the history of the navy to wear both aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor. His writings have been many and varied, but all converge on the central theme of how man can rise with dignity to prevail in the face of adversity.
Post Ames, the old security of a superpower confrontation had vanished and with the new world order came a search for a new identity and purpose for the global intelligence community.
At stake was a $50 billion international industry employing a million people.
With unrivalled access to senior intelligence figures in America, Britain and Russia, from the CIA, SIS and SVR, James Adams reveals how the world of secret agencies began to evolve.
In an increasingly turbulent and frightening world of terrorism, chemical...
More InfoDraw or Die by Alan David
When Dane Shaw rides into Juniper Bend to visit Frank McSween, he has no idea of the blood bath that awaits him.
The infamous Reed family start a deadly shoot-out, which then sparks a bitter feud between the Reed and McSween families.
Dane is lucky to survive the shootings, with Bry Dexter – a two-gun artist and friend of the McSween family – intervening and saving him from certain death.
Dane isn’t looking for trouble and is eager to be on his way.
But when he learns that his friend, Frank, has been killed, he has no choice but to stay and avenge his honour.
How many lives will be taken in the...
More InfoVenona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (Annals of Communism) by John Earl Haynes
Reveals telegrams to prove Soviets spied in the 1930s and 1940sWith this new volume, John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr build upon their groundbreaking work in The Secret World of American Communism and solidify their reputations as the foremost historians of Soviet espionage in America. In Venona, they provide a detailed study of how the United States decrypted top-secret Communist cables moving between Washington and Moscow. This account, based on information unavailable to researchers for decades, reveals the full extent of the Communist spy network in the 1940s. At least 349 citizens,...
Modern warfare in the twentieth century has advanced in far greater strides than any other century previously. And as the former political consultant for the Sunday Times, James Adams reveals increasingly political.
In this thoroughly researched book, Adams’ details the different areas of warfare advancements in the modern era.
With numerous case studies, across the years, nations and continents, Adams’ delineates a clear timeline of how ‘selling death’ has changed and altered.
From the organisational, training and bomb advancements made in IRA groups...
More InfoThe Craftsman by Richard Sennett
Craftsmanship, says Richard Sennett, names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake, and good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. The computer programmer, the doctor, the artist, and even the parent and citizen all engage in a craftsman’s work. In this thought-provoking book, Sennett explores the work of craftsmen past and present, identifies deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values, and challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in today’s world. The Craftsman engages the many...
More InfoThe War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 by Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward once again pulls back the curtain on Washington to reveal the inner workings of a government at war. In his fourth book on President George W. Bush, Bob Woodward takes readers deep inside the tensions, secret debates, unofficial backchannels, distrust, and determina- tion within the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the intelligence agencies, and the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq. This is the inside story of how Bush governed. Bob Woodward once again pulls back the curtain on Washington to reveal the inner workings of a government at war. In his fourth book...
“Growing up in Versailles is like growing up in a museum, and the people living there are almost the security.” – Thomas Mars
In every nation, in every era of history, there are inevitably one or two places that become the symbol of the times. Mention Valley Forge to an American and it will immediately conjure up visions of a hard won fight for freedom. Likewise, the word Dunkirk said to a Briton will elicit a...