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Beating Goliath [electronic resource] : why insurgencies win / Jeffrey Record.

By: Record, Jeffrey.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2007Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (xii, 180 p.).ISBN: 9781597973212 (electronic bk.); 1597973211 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Insurgency -- History -- 20th century | Insurgency -- History -- 21st century | Iraq War, 2003-2011 | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States -- History, Military -- 20th century | United States -- History, Military -- 21st century | R�evoltes -- Histoire -- 20e si�ecle | R�evoltes -- histoire -- 21e si�ecle | Guerre en Irak, 2003- | Guerre du Vi�et-nam, 1961-1975 | �Etats-Unis -- Histoire militaire -- 20e si�ecle | �Etats-Unis -- Histoire militaire -- 21e si�ecle | HISTORY -- Military -- Other | TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Military Science | Kriegf�uhrung -- USA -- Geschichte 1945-2000 | Niederlage Mil -- USA -- Geschichte 1945-2000 | Guerilla -- Sieg (Mil.) -- Geschichte 1945-2000 | Sieg -- (Mil.) -- Guerilla -- Geschichte 1945-2000 | Niederlage | Vietnamkrieg | Irakkrieg | Aufstand | Bek�ampfung | Kriegf�uhrung | Asymmetrie | USA | Aufstand | Bek�ampfung | Asymmetrische Kriegf�uhrung | Niederlage | Vietnamkrieg | Irakkrieg | USA | Geschichte (umfassend) | GeschichteGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Beating Goliath.DDC classification: 355.02/18 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction -- Explaining Goliath defeats : will, strategy, and type of government -- The role of external assistance -- The Iraqi insurgency : Vietnam perspectives -- The American way : war without politics -- The American way : search and destroy -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the author.
Review: "Beating Goliath examines the phenomenon of victories by the weak over the strong - more specifically, insurgencies that succeeded against great powers. Jeffrey Record reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines why the seemingly weaker side won. He concludes that external assistance correlates more consistently with insurgent success than any other explanation. He does not disparage the critical importance of will, strategy, and strong-side regime type or suggest that external assistance guarantees success. Indeed, in all cases, some combination of these factors is usually present. But Record finds few if any cases of unassisted insurgent victories except against the most decrepit regimes." "Having identified the ingredients of insurgent success, Record examines the present insurgency in Iraq and whether the United States can win. In so doing, Record employs a comparative analysis of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. He also identifies and assesses the influence of distinctive features of the American way of war on the U.S. forces performance against the Iraqi insurgency."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-174) and index.

Introduction -- 1. Explaining Goliath defeats : will, strategy, and type of government -- 2. The role of external assistance -- 3. The Iraqi insurgency : Vietnam perspectives -- 4. The American way : war without politics -- 5. The American way : search and destroy -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the author.

"Beating Goliath examines the phenomenon of victories by the weak over the strong - more specifically, insurgencies that succeeded against great powers. Jeffrey Record reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines why the seemingly weaker side won. He concludes that external assistance correlates more consistently with insurgent success than any other explanation. He does not disparage the critical importance of will, strategy, and strong-side regime type or suggest that external assistance guarantees success. Indeed, in all cases, some combination of these factors is usually present. But Record finds few if any cases of unassisted insurgent victories except against the most decrepit regimes." "Having identified the ingredients of insurgent success, Record examines the present insurgency in Iraq and whether the United States can win. In so doing, Record employs a comparative analysis of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. He also identifies and assesses the influence of distinctive features of the American way of war on the U.S. forces performance against the Iraqi insurgency."--Jacket.

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