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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Kaplan Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781452681542
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Based on previously unavailable documents and interviews with more than one hundred key players, including General David Petraeus, The Insurgents unfolds against the backdrop of two wars waged against insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the main insurgency is the one led at home by a new generation of officers—including Petraeus, John Nagl, David Kilcullen, and H. R. McMaster—who were seized with an idea on how to fight these kinds of "small wars" and who adapted their enemies' techniques to overhaul their own army. Fred Kaplan explains where their idea came from and how the men and women who latched onto this idea created a community (some would refer to themselves as a "cabal") and maneuvered the idea through the highest echelons of power. This is a cautionary tale about how creative ideas can harden into dogma, how smart strategists—"the best and the brightest" of today—can win bureaucratic battles but still lose the wars. The Insurgents made the U.S. military more adaptive to the conflicts of the post-Cold War era, but their self-confidence led us deeper into wars we shouldn't have fought and couldn't help but lose. Download and start listening now!

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  • A fascinating and powerful work by America's wisest national-security reporter about an epic battle. . . . If you love your country, if you care about its soldiers, if you wonder about the wisdom of their commanders, [listen to] this book now. Tim Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Caris | 9/30/2013

    " Excellent look at the rise and fall of COIN and its proponents; nothing new here to those who've followed the movement, but well-told story regardless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 8/20/2013

    " Saw the author on CNN. the book is vast and dense in spots but does offer some tidbits worth reading about the war and the way its changed. "

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About the Author

Fred Kaplan is distinguished professor emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times and Washington Post, among other publications. His biography of Thomas Carlyle was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Kevin Foley has more than thirty years of experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded more than 150 audiobooks, including Storm Rising by Gary Naiman, The Last Witness by Joel Goldman, and River Thunder by Gary McCarthy, for which he earned a Spur Award for Best Audiobook from the Western Writers of America. He has also won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.