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War From The Ground Up: Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics
War From The Ground Up: Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics
by Emile Simpson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking, 10 Jan 2013
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This is one of the most important, ambitious and easy to read books on contemporary conflict that I have read. Unlike the dense prose of the Utility of Force, Simpson has made a real effort to keep often complex themes and terms accessible to the average reader; hopefully this means his confident arguments will be widely read. Because they deserve to be.

In War from the Ground Up, Simpson has taken his considerable experience of the conflict in Afghanistan and fused it with a deep intellectual ability to elucidate on the realities of conducting warfare from the platoon level right up to strategy crafting in a globalised world. In doing so, Simpson transcends the old paradigm of tactics-operations-strategy to show that in modern warfare there are no easy boundaries between these levels and that the traditional conceptions of the use of force to achieve political results is too simplistic. In a subtly different way to Kaldor, Simpson shows us how we are essentially in a post-Clausewitzian era now.

It is hard to do justice to a book with so many valuable insights on modern warfare, strategy and political decision-making in a short review, but if you are thinking of buying this book you will not be disappointed. It will change the way you think about these things.

Hitler's Irishmen
Hitler's Irishmen
by Terence O'Reilly
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.70

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing reading, 13 May 2011
This review is from: Hitler's Irishmen (Paperback)
I found this book a really interesting read. The author has conducted excellent research and tells a winding and fascinating story well. A little repetitive in places, but overall an absolute must if you are Irish and interested in WW2...

The Longest War: America and Al-Qaeda Since 9/11
The Longest War: America and Al-Qaeda Since 9/11
by Peter L. Bergen
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Veru good single source, 10 April 2011
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A very good single source on the war on terror, in both scope and clarity. Concisely encompasses many of the narratives of the last 10 years in military/security/terroism nexus, including The Looming Tower, Fiasco, The Gamble, and Obama's War. Easy to read and very well researched.

Poor intro chapter and slightly weaker on Afghan lose a star, but highly recommended overall.

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