Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds

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The first book of its kind, Hearts and Minds is a scathing response to the grand narrative of U.S. counterinsurgency, in which warfare is defined not by military might alone but by winning the qhearts and mindsq of civilians. Dormant as a tactic since the days of the Vietnam War, in 2006 the U.S. Army drafted a new field manual heralding the resurrection of counterinsurgency as a primary military engagement strategy; counterinsurgency campaigns followed in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that counterinsurgency had utterly failed to account for the actual lived experiences of the people whose hearts and minds America had sought to win. Drawing on leading thinkers in the field and using key examples from Malaya, the Philippines, Vietnam, El Salvador, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Hearts and Minds brings a long-overdue focus on the many civilians caught up in these conflicts. Both urgent and timely, this important book challenges the idea of a neat divide between insurgents and the populations from which they emergea€”and should be required reading for anyone engaged in the most important contemporary debates over U.S. military policy.Dexter Filkins, Mark Mazetti, and James Risen, a€œBrotherof Afghan Leader Said to Be Paidby CIA, a€New York Times, October 27, 2009; Joya, ... Dana Lewis, a€œ Dangerous Ridea€”Training Afghanistana#39;s Police, a€ Fox News, October 14, 2008; Carlotta Gall, a€œOpium HarvestatRecord ... December 2006, www.fas.org/irp/doddir /army/fm3 24.pdf; The U.S. Army/MarineCorps Counterinsurgency Field Manual ( Chicago:anbsp;...

Title:Hearts and Minds
Author:Hannah Gurman
Publisher:The New Press - 2013-12-13


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