Bunch of Five and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a 0.32 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Bunch of Five on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Bunch of Five [Paperback]

General Sir Frank Kitson K.C.B. C.B.E. M.C.
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
Price: 18.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, 1 Sept.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 9.59  
Hardcover --  
Paperback 18.00  
Unknown Binding --  
Trade In this Item for up to 0.32
Trade in Bunch of Five for an Amazon Gift Card of up to 0.32, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

15 July 2010

Bunch of Five is General Sir Frank Kitson's military autobiography. In it this expert in counter insurgency describes his experiences in Kenya 1953-55, Malaya 1957, Muscat and Oman 1958, as well as his peacekeeping activities during two stints in Cyprus, 1963-64 and 1967-68. He wanted to write about Northern Ireland also but at the time of first publication that was too sensitive. Instead, in keeping with the title, he wrote a fifth part summarizing his conclusions in all the zones he had fought in. This fifth part was used by the United States army for a long time on its own

Bunch of Five has been out of print for many years with second-hand copies commanding high prices. This reissue will be welcomed.


Frequently Bought Together

Bunch of Five + Low Intensity Operations: Subversion, Insurgency and Peacekeeping
Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571271359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571271351
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

About the Author

General Sir Frank Kitson GBE, KCB, MC and Bar was commissioned in the army soon after the end of the Second World War. In the course of his service he spent many years with armoured formations in Germany, culminating in command of an armoured division. He also took part in counter-insurgency and peace-keeping activities in Kenya, Malaya, Oman, Cyprus and Northern Ireland and held staff appointments in two of the most influential departments in the Ministry of Defence. He retired in 1985, having spent the final three years of his service as Commander-in-Chief United Kingdom Land Forces. His sometimes controversial writings on military subjects - notably Low Intensity Operations (reissued by Faber Finds in 2010, along with Directing Operations and Bunch of Five) - remain highly relevant and continue to be widely read and to provoke strong opinions. In retirement, he has given evidence to the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland.General Sir Frank Kitson GBE, KCB, MC and Bar was commissioned in the army soon after the end of the Second World War. In the course of his service he spent many years with armoured formations in Germany, culminating in command of an armoured division. He also took part in counter-insurgency and peace-keeping activities in Kenya, Malaya, Oman, Cyprus and Northern Ireland and held staff appointments in two of the most influential departments in the Ministry of Defence. He retired in 1985, having spent the final three years of his service as Commander-in-Chief United Kingdom Land Forces. His sometimes controversial writings on military subjects - notably Low Intensity Operations (reissued by Faber Finds in 2010, along with Directing Operations and Bunch of Five) - remain highly relevant and continue to be widely read and to provoke strong opinions. In retirement, he has given evidence to the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5 stars
2.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the student of low-intensity war 16 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
An interesting and absorbing study of one man's involvement in several of the famous British campaigns after the second world war. Authoritative and matter-of-fact it is easy to read, and for the student of counter-insurgency, the chapters on Kenya, Malaya and Oman ought to be core texts. Much of the rest falls more into the realm of human interest, though very well written. Eminently readable - it is perhaps a shame that Kitson does not really address his service in Northern Ireland, though this would likely prove to be highly contensious given his reputation for ruthlessness.
A definite cut above the recent spate of "kill and tell" books which have so cheapened the sphere of military autobiography (Bravo Two Zero et-al). Whether for the academic, the professional or the genuine enthusiast, this book is well worth the investment - both as text on military history and policy.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing 7 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was bought as a gift as it is now out of print. A certain amount of wear is expected when purchasing second hand books but this was a little more tatty than indicated. Probably would have purchased elsewhere had I realised but not bad enough to send back and making recipient wait for their present.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frank Kitson - Psychopath 5 May 2012
Format:Paperback
Frank Kitson is responsible for the murders of hundreds of innocent people in Northern Ireland and around the world and should be tried and sentenced for his crimes.
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic about counter-insurgency 18 Dec 2012
By MOC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kitson was the British army's expert on counter-insurgency for much of the late 20th century. The book is clearly written, and a classic on the topic of counterinsurgency.
Was this review helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback