Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits
How Masters of Irregular Warfare Have Shaped Our World
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John Arquilla professor of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School and the author of Worst Enemy: The Reluctant Transformation of the American Military, was recently named one of the world's Top 100 Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He resides in Monterey, California.
Insurgent, Raiders and Bandits explores the history of irregular warfare over the past 250 years through the lives and campaigns ofFrom w the greatest masters of this mode of conflict. The book not only tells their stories, but shapes an alternate history of the world as seen through the eyes of those who made up for their small numbers with clever, unorthodox methods that often brought them victory. Their lesson for military affairs in our time must not be ignored.
Ivan R. Dee
; July 2011
336 pages; ISBN 9781566639088Read online
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Title: Insurgents, Raiders, and Bandits
Author: John Arquilla
Chapter 1: War "Out of the Dark"
Chapter 2: Frontiersman: Robert Rogers
Chapter 3: Fighting Quaker: Nathanael Greene
Chapter 4: Guerrillero: Francisco Espoz y Mina
Chapter 5:Hussar Poet: Denis Davydov
Chapter 6: Desert Mystic: Abd el-Kader
Chapter 7: Nation Builder: Guiseppe Garibaldi
Chapter 8: Rebel Raider: Nathan Bedford Forrest
Chapter 9: Gray Fox: George Crook
Chapter 10:Veldt Rider: Christiaan de Wet
Chapter 11:Bush Fighter: Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
Chapter 12: Emir Dynamite: T. E. Lawrence
Chapter 13: Long Ranger: Orde Wingate
Chapter 14: Undersea Wolf: Charles Lockwood
Chapter 15: Partisan: Josip Broz, "Tito"
Chapter 16: Counterinsurgent: Frank Kitson
Chapter 17: People's Warrior: Vo Nguyen Giap
Chapter 18: Bandit Queen: Phoolan Devi
Chapter 19: Chechen Lion: Aslan Maskhadov
Chapter 20: "Master Lessons" . . . and a Look Ahead
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Arquilla, of the Naval Postgraduate School, is internationally recognized as a military historian, a defense analyst, and a security policy consultant. He brings all three skills to bear in this comprehensively researched and accessible treatment of a neglected subject: “the great captains of irregular warfare.” He offers 18 convincing examples, irregular leaders and their successfully unconventional opponents, like George Crook, who took on powerful insurgent Indian leaders. The battles took place in locations ranging from the wilderness frontier of the French and Indian War to contemporary Chechnya. Rather than using a comparative approach, Arquilla establishes each protagonist in a distinct context. Nathanael Greene combined conventional and irregular methods to frustrate a superior British enemy during the American Revolution. Giuseppe Garibaldi mobilized insurgents to put his stamp on an independent Italy. Vo Nguyen Giap, a schoolteacher turned general, excelled at using his adversaries' strengths against them. Phoolan Devi, the only woman on Arquilla's list, was a social bandit and accomplished guerrilla who for years eluded India's soldiers and police. What they and their counterparts shared were resilience in adversity, flexibility in approach, and ruthlessness in execution. Arquilla says that irregular war has a single law: win. The author concludes that irregular leaders can be defeated but victory's costs and demands are high.