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Beating Goliath
By Jeffrey Record

Beating Goliath

Why Insurgencies Win

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Beating Goliath by Jeffrey Record

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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. Make no mistake: insurgent victories are the exception, not the rule. But when David does beat Goliath, the consequences can be earth shattering and change the course of history. Jeffrey Record's persuasive logic and clear writing make this timely book a must read for scholars, policymakers, military strategists, and anyone interested in the Iraq War's outcome.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781597970907
ISBN-10: 1597970905
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 150mm x 20mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Potomac Books Inc
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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War it Was Always Going to Lose by Jeffrey Record War it Was Always Going to Lose, Hardback (November 2010)

Jeffrey Record has specialised in investigating the causes of war. In "The Specter of Munich: Reconsidering the Lessons of Appeasing Hitler" (Potomac Books, Inc., 2006), he contended that Hitler could not have been deterred from going to war by any action the Allies could plausibly have taken.

Wanting War by Jeffrey Record Wanting War, Hardback (April 2010)

Wanting War is the first comprehensive analysis of the often contradictory reasons why President George W. Bush went to war in Iraq and of the war's impact on future U.S. armed intervention abroad. Though the White House sold the war as a necessity to eliminate an alleged Iraqi threat, other agendas were at play.

War Comes to Long an by Jeffrey Record War Comes to Long an, Paperback (January 2010)

A study of the Vietnamese conflict, examined through the lens of the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the rural province of Long An up until American intervention in the area.

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Author Biography - Jeffrey Record

Jeffrey Record served as an assistant province advisor in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and is now professor of strategy at the U.S. Air Force's Air War College. He is the author of numerous books, including The Specter of Munich: Reconsidering the Lessons of Appeasing Hitler (Potomac Books, Inc., 2006) and Making War, Thinking History: Munich, Vietnam, and Presidential Uses of Force from Korea to Kosovo. He lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia.

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