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Insurgents, raiders, and bandits : how masters of irregular warfare have shaped our world

Author: John Arquilla
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee ; [Lanham, Md.] : Distributed by National Book Network, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the small bands of wilderness warriors who battled in 18th-century North America to the "Chechen Lion," and the contemporary conflict in Chechnya, John Arquilla chronicles the deadly careers of the greatest masters of irregular warfare over the past 250 years. Their impact on events has been profound, with irregulars playing crucial roles in such epochal struggles as the Anglo-French duel for North America,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Arquilla
ISBN: 9781566638326 1566638321
OCLC Number: 681502172
Description: xviii, 311 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: War "out of the dark" --
Frontiersman : Robert Rogers --
Fighting Quaker : Nathanael Greene --
Guerrillero : Francisco Espoz y Mina --
Hussar poet : Denis Davydov --
Desert mystic : Abd el-Kader --
Nation builder : Guiseppe Garibaldi --
Rebel raider : Nathan Bedford Forrest --
Gray fox : George Crook --
Veldt rider : Christiaan de Wet --
Bush fighter : Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck --
Emir dynamite : T.E. Lawrence --
Long ranger : Orde Wingate --
Undersea wolf : Charles Lockwood --
Partisan : Josip Broz, "Tito" --
Counterinsurgent : Frank Kitson --
People's warrior : Vo Nguyen Giap --
Bandit queen : Phoolan Devi --
Chechen lion : Aslan Maskhadov --
"Master lessons" --
and a look ahead.
Responsibility: John Arquilla.

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"From the small bands of wilderness warriors who battled in 18th-century North America to the "Chechen Lion," and the contemporary conflict in Chechnya, John Arquilla chronicles the deadly careers of the greatest masters of irregular warfare over the past 250 years. Their impact on events has been profound, with irregulars playing crucial roles in such epochal struggles as the Anglo-French duel for North America, the defeat of Napoleon in Spain and Russia, the American Civil War, both world wars, and the current era of terrorism. Seeing the world through the eyes of guerrillas, raiders and bandits, Arquilla has written an alternative history that provides lessons for warfare in our time that must not be ignored." -- From publisher's web site.

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