J. D. Lane

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (48 of 52)
Location: United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,329,404 - Total Helpful Votes: 48 of 52
The Saints: The Rhodesian Light Infantry by Alexandre Binda
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I implore everyone who served in the RLI to get a copy of The Saints. You have a lot to be proud of, and this book is a record of your courage and skill.
For soldiers of the modern era, there is much to consider here. For troops with the courage and aggression to employ such confrontational tactics, this book illustrates clearly what fast moving small deployments can achieve. The caveat is that such aggression attracts casualties, and today's politicians struggle to find the courage of their shaky convictions required to justify the casualties. The men of the RLI believed in what they were fighting for (as did the rest of the excellent Rhodesian war effort). The RLI's lethal aggression… Read more
Good To Great by Jim Collins
Good To Great by Jim Collins
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Jim Collins and a team of researchers have spent 5 years trying to identify the essential characteristics found in great companies but absent in merely good companies.

Heard it all before? Well I thought I had, but in contrast to the usual highly predictable drivel that purports to explain the success of companies, Collins uncovers some really unexpected insights. Charismatic, dominant, headline-grabbing leaders turn out to be bad. The meek (but not weak!) shall inherit the Earth. And there's a good explanation too.

Without revealing the rest of the findings, the book sweeps aside the dogma we have been fed about successful companies, their leaders, culture, practices,… Read more
Pamwe Chete: The Legend of the Selous Scouts by Ron Reid-Daly
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Until I read Dennis Croukamp's "Only my friends call me Crouks", I thought Pamwe Chete was a simply marvellous book recording the history and achievements of an incredible counter insurgency unit. Make no mistake, Ron Reid-Daly's insider's insights give us a priviledged view of how this unit came about and pulled off the most successful pseudo strategy in modern warfare. Add to that the accounts of hugely audacious external operations, be they devastatingly destructive raids, covert recce or sabotage, and this is one hell of a book to be savoured by anyone with an appreciation of strategy in modern warfare.

Apart from the fact that R R-D was there virtually from start to finish,… Read more

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