Galula: The Life and Writings of the French Officer who Defined the Art of Counterinsurgency

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ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 347 pages

This comprehensive analytical biography is the definitive work on the life and writings of history's most significant counterinsurgency doctrinaire, David Galula, elucidating the context for his reflections and examining the present and future applicability of his treatise for scholars and practitioners alike.

The product of years of extensive research made possible by exclusive access to Galula's personal papers as well as first-hand accounts from colleagues, family members, and friends, this book traces Galula's life from early childhood until death, describing his upbringing, education, and military career in the tumultuous historical context of his era. The author--a former counterinsurgency practitioner himself--pays particular attention to how the Chinese Revolution and the Algerian War affected Galula's views, and identifies Galula's mentors and the schools of thought within the French military that greatly influenced his writings.

A conclusion illuminates the contemporary and likely future validity of his works. In the epilogue, the author speaks to Galula's influence over modern military thought and U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine. This book is essential reading for individuals with an interest in counterinsurgency, Galula's writings, or Galula himself, such as military officers and civilian administrators undertaking counterinsurgency courses and training.

 

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Contents

1 The Galulas of Sfax
1
2 Casablanca
13
3 SaintCyr
23
4 Under Vichy
31
5 Fighting with la Coloniale
41
6 Journey to the Far East
55
Maos Disciple
73
8 The Bachelors Champagne
89
15 Under de Gaulle
183
16 The French Exchange Student
195
17 Writing Counterinsurgency in the Company of Lansdale and Kissinger
205
18 Five Short Years
229
The Clausewitz of Counterinsurgency
241
The Galula Doctrine
251
Company Instructions October 1957
281
Preface to ContreInsurrection Théorie et Pratique
285

9 UNSCOB
97
10 The Strategic Captain
103
11 Jean Caran
121
12 This Cannot Be another Indochina
127
13 Le Capitaine de Kabylie
139
French Pacification Tradition Revolutionary Warfare and the Challe Instruction
157
Chronology
291
Notes
295
Bibliography
325
Index
333
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A.A. Cohen fought in Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Chief of Defense Staff Commendation for outstanding initiative and motivation, and for establishing vital relationships with the local population.

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