A counterinsurgency reading listLt. Col. John Nagl was one of the most respected voices for reforming the U.S. Army's approach to counter-insurgency. Recently he retired from active service to continue his agitation as a civilian, and most recently he posted this list of best books (and a video) on Amazon. Click on the cover image or title for the U.S. Amazon page, or search out the titles at Amazon stores elsewhere. Note that Nagl himself is the author of one of his picks, which I am reading now. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
"The best available explanation of insurgency and counterinsurgency strategy, by a French counterinsurgent"
Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
learn to defeat an insurgency while fighting it, by an Iraq war veteran"
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century
(Thomas X. Hammes)
"The best explanation of Fourth Generation
Warfare, by a Marine with Iraq experience"
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
(T. E. Lawrence)
"The classic account of insurgency,
by the most famous insurgent in history"
The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West
"An outstanding explanation of the civil war
inside Islam and how the West must adapt to help mainstream Muslims
Understanding Terror Networks
"A former CIA officer with degrees in sociology
and psychology intellectually dismantles Al Queda"
The Battle of Algiers (DVD)
"Brutally honest 1966 movie on the French
counter-insurgency experience in Algeria. Depicts the moral quagmire
that often results from these difficult and messy wars"