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Learning to eat soup with a knife : counterinsurgency lessons from Malaya and Vietnam

Author: John A Nagl
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005.
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Armies are often accused of preparing to fight the previous war. In "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife, " Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl, a veteran of both Operation Desert Storm and the current conflict in Iraq considers the now crucial question of how armies adapt to changing circumstances during the development of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice in the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960 with what  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John A Nagl
ISBN: 0226567702 9780226567709
OCLC Number: 234199077
Notes: Originally published in 2002 under title: Counterinsurgency lessons from Malaya and Vietnam.
Description: xxix, 249 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Pt. I. Setting the Stage --
1. How armies learn --
2. The hard lesson of insurgency --
3. The British and American armies : separated by a common language --
--
Pt. II. Malaya --
4. British army counterinsurgency learning during the Malayan Emergency, 1948-1951 --
5. The empire strikes back : British army counterinsurgency in Malaya, 1952-1957 --
--
Pt. III. Vietnam --
6. The U.S. army in Vietnam : organizational culture and learning during the advisory years, 1950-1964 --
7. The U.S. army in Vietnam : organizational culture and learning during the fighting years, 1965-1972 --
--
Pt. IV. Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam --
8. Hard lessons : the British and American armies learn counterinsurgency --
9. Organizational culture and learning institutions : learning to eat soup with a knife
Other Titles: Counterinsurgency lessons from Malaya and Vietnam.
Responsibility: John A. Nagl ; with a new preface by the author ; foreword by Peter J. Schoomaker.

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Armies are often accused of preparing to fight the previous war. In "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife, " Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl, a veteran of both Operation Desert Storm and the current conflict in Iraq considers the now crucial question of how armies adapt to changing circumstances during the development of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice in the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960 with what developed in the Vietnam War from 1950 to 1975.

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