The Insurgents

The Insurgents

David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

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The "War Stories" columnist for Slate presents the inside story of a small group of soldier-scholars who have significantly changed the ways the Pentagon does business and the American military fights wars, drawing on interviews with top contributors to reveal the origins of revolutionary ideas and how they have overcome formidable internal resistance.

Simon and Schuster
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

The Insurgents tells the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by Gen. David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize the oldest, stodgiest institution in America—the military. Working from secret documents, private emails, and interviews with more than one hundred key characters, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan details how these men and women forged a community (a “cabal,” some of them called it), manipulated the bureaucracy, and changed official policy.

This is a story of power, politics, ideas, and personalities—and how they converged to reshape twenty-first century warfare. It is also a cautionary tale about how creative doctrine can harden into dogma and how smart strategists—today’s “best and brightest”— can win the battles at home but not the wars abroad. Petraeus and his fellow insurgents made the US military more adaptive to the conflicts of the modern era, but they also created the tools—made it more tempting—for political leaders to wade into wars that they would have been wise to avoid.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451642650
Branch Call Number: 355.02 KAP
Characteristics: 418 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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LRS1969 Mar 04, 2015

EVERYTHING that Petraeus did in his military and post military life has had one and only one agenda - to do what is right for Petraeus and his personal benefit. Entitlement is an expectation of his (which he got even in "the end"... a deal that converts multiple severe felonies demanding decades of imprisonment down to one misdemeanor that carries no jail time and allows him to maintain his oligarchic and highly wealthy post treasonous career!).

So much for his oft repeated claims of innocence. And this is the deal if the century. He should have been prosecuted for every count and once convicted, sentenced to life without parole in Leavenworth!

"Petraeus Takes Plea Deal"

Mar 06, 2013

Ooooooohhhhh! "Soldier-scholars" ooooohhh! More like pathetic cretins who haven't even the vaguest understanding of tactics and strategy, not that they were ever pursuing a "just" war, etc. The behavior of Petraeus at the CIA obviously sheds light on his true "character" - - - sadly lacking in most respects. I wouldn't trust anything written by Kaplan, ever! (And as far as "the way the Pentagon does business" - - - say, Kaplan, whatever became of that missing $8.7 billion in Iraqi oil funds that went missing somewhere between the Iraqi Trade Bank and the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the contract overseen by JPMorgan Chase? Say, Kaplan, whatever became of that missing $16.7 billion in Afghanistan? Say, Kaplan, whatever became of that unaccounted for $2.3 trillion in DoD funds which the Pentagon's comptroller mentioned during a public news conference the day immediately preceding 9/11/01 (on 9/10/01)?

Mar 04, 2013

This engrossing and detailed narrative analyzes while relating the rise of General Petraeus amid various philosophical factions within the military. His power increased during the efforts of a problematic White House to prosecute a war withiut strategic preparations, and his approach offered seeming solutions. Kaplan offers to the lay person fascinating insights to the way the military works and differences from conventional wisdom. Highly recommended.


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May 23, 2013

To win an insurgency war, the United States and the Iraqi officals it was protecting had to want the same basic things.

May 23, 2013

In a guerrilla situation, the guerrilla is the professional, the newcomer the amateur.


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