America's Dirty Wars: Irregular Warfare from 1776 to the War on Terror

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 28, 2014 - History - 583 pages
This book examines the long, complex experience of American involvement in irregular warfare. It begins with the American Revolution in 1776 and chronicles big and small irregular wars for the next two and a half centuries. What is readily apparent in dirty wars is that failure is painfully tangible while success is often amorphous. Successfully fighting these wars often entails striking a critical balance between military victory and politics. America's status as a democracy only serves to make fighting - and, to a greater degree, winning - these irregular wars even harder. Rather than futilely insisting that Americans should not or cannot fight this kind of irregular war, Russell Crandall argues that we would be better served by considering how we can do so as cleanly and effectively as possible.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Irregular Warfare 101
15
part one the american revolution to chasing sandino 17761930s
27
The American Revolution
29
Confederates and Indians
46
The Boer War 18991902
63
America Aguinaldo and the Philippines 1898
72
Chasing Villa 1916
89
Guatemala Post1963
258
Cuba Post1963
269
Che Guevara and Guerrilla Warfare
277
Carter Reagan and the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua 19791990
280
El Salvador 19791992
304
part four postcold war 1990s2000s
337
Dirty Wars after the Cold War
339
Colombia
345

A Cold Winter in Siberia
100
The Banana Wars 18981930s
109
T E Lawrence and the Arab Revolt 19161918
127
Chasing Sandino 19271932
136
part two the cold war 1940s1989 12 Cold War Counterinsurgencies
153
Mao Zedong
157
France in Algeria 19541962
174
David Galula
185
Malaya Emergency 19481960
190
Ramón Magsaysay and the Hukbalahap Rebellion in the Philippines 19461956
199
Vietnam
209
part three latin america and the cold war 1950s1980s
237
From Guatemala 1954 to Cuba and the Bay of Pigs 1961
239
Iraq
363
The Counterinsurgency Field Manual and Postmodern Insurgencies
393
Post911 COIN in the Philippines
398
Afghanistan Graveyard of Empires
404
America in Afghanistan
412
The Fall of Muammar Qaddafi 2011
442
JSOC Raids and Drone Strikes
457
Conclusion
467
I Feel More Like a Monster
471
Notes
473
Bibliography
519
Index
547
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Russell Crandall is a Professor of International Politics and American Foreign Policy at Davidson College. His previous books include The United States and Latin America after the Cold War (Cambridge, 2008); Gunboat Democracy: US Interventions in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Panama (2006); and Driven by Drugs: US Policy Toward Colombia (2008). Interwoven with his academic career, Crandall has held high-level foreign policy appointments within several sectors of the US government, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon and the National Security Council at the White House.

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