This book examines the strategy and means to defeat insurgents or guerrilla movements based on the author's first-hand experience in China, Greece, Indochina, and Algeria.
This volume in the Praeger Security International (PSI) series Classics of the Counterinsurgency Era defines the laws of insurgency and outlines the strategy and tactics to combat such threats. Drawn from the observations of a French officer, David Galula, who witnessed guerrilla warfare on three continents, the book remains relevant today as American policymakers, military analysts, and members of the public look to the counterinsurgency era of the 1960s for lessons to apply to the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. With a new foreword by John A. Nagl, author of Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam (Praeger, 2002).
Foreword Introduction Revolutionary War: Nature and Characteristics The Prerequisites for a Successful Insurgency The Insurgency Doctrine Counterinsurgency in the Cold Revolutionary War Counterinsurgency in the Hot Revolutionary War From Strategy to Tactics The Operations Concluding Remarks
Reviews "The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not withering away for lack of a mission, says Moore, but is ascending from triumph to triumph. She describes how, under the first President Bush and President Clinton, it increased democracy and unity in Europe, and since 9/11 has extended its efforts beyond Europe to birth a new political order in parts of the world suffering from instability."—Reference & Research Book News
"This is a soldier's book, written by a professional with a classical military education. . . . [i]t has become required reading for students of warfare generally, and especially for soldiers and policymakers dealing with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."—ARMY