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"Wrong Turn: America's Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency"

by Gian Gentile

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Gentile, Colonel Gian, Wrong Turn: America's Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency, (New York: The New Press, 2013). Available here: Wrong Turn on Amazon.com.

About the Author.

COL Gian Gentile is a well-known critic of counterinsurgency doctrine. He has published many news and magazine articles on the topic. This latest book provides a deep history on the evolution of U.S. Army COIN doctrine. Learn more about Gian Gentile at the links below:

Gian Gentile by Wikipedia

COL Gian Gentile, Academy Professor, West Point

Book Description from Amazon.com.

"Colonel Gian Gentile’s 2008 article “Misreading the Surge” in World Politics Review first exposed a growing rift among military intellectuals that has since been playing out in strategy sessions at the Pentagon, in classrooms at military academies, and on the pages of the New York Times. While the past years of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan have been dominated by the doctrine of counterinsurgency (COIN), Gentile and a small group of dissident officers and defense analysts have questioned the necessity and efficacy of COIN—essentially armed nation-building—in achieving the United States’ limited core policy objective in Afghanistan: the destruction of Al Qaeda.

Drawing both on the author’s experiences as a combat battalion commander in the Iraq War and his research into the application of counterinsurgency in a variety of historical contexts, Wrong Turn is a brilliant summation of Gentile’s views of the failures of COIN, as well as a searing reevaluation of the current state of affairs in Afghanistan.

As the issue of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan inevitably rises to the top of the national agenda, Wrong Turn will be a major new touchstone for what went wrong and a vital new guide to the way forward.

Note: the ideas in this book are the author’s alone, not the Department of Defense’s.

Book Reviews on "Wrong Turn"

Vlahos, Kelley. "Lessons From the Anti-Petraeus". The American Conservative. August 22, 2013.

West, Bing. "Learning from Our Wrong Turn", National Review, August 21, 2013. Commentator Bing West interviews Gian Gentile.

Burke, Chrispin. "The Wrong Debate: Reflections on Counterinsurgency", War on the Rocks, August 8, 2013. A review of Gentiles' book.

Jacobs, Ron. "The Only Certainty is the Hype and Death", Counterpunch, August 16-18, 2013 (Weekend edition). A review of Gian Gentile's book Wrong Turn.


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