“[James Arnold] takes a look at four counterinsurgency campaigns. His history offers insights on what works—and, perhaps more important, on what doesn’t work.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch“The book is essentially a primer for the general reader, but it will not disappoint specialists.”—Michigan War Studies Review“Delivers needed insight and historical precedent to the current war debate.”—Kirkus Reviews“A thoughtful history . . . [Arnold] makes a convincing case that killing insurgents never defeats an insurgency. That happens when a nation’s population feels safe, a painful lesson that America is relearning the hard way in Iraq and Afghanistan.”—Publishers Weekly
James R. Arnold is the author of more than twenty books, including The First Domino: Eisenhower, the Military, and America's Intervention in Vietnam; Presidents Under Fire: Commanders in Chief in Victory and Defeat; Jeff Davis's Own: Cavalry, Comanches, and the Battle for the Texas Frontier; and Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napoleon, the Eylau Campaign 1806-1807. He lives on a farm near Lexington, Virginia.