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On War

The Collected Columns of William S. Lind 2003-2009
Narrated by: Bob Allen
Length: 26 hrs and 44 mins
Categories: History, 21st Century
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Featuring a foreword by the brilliant Israeli military theorist Martin van Creveld, On War is a fascinating book that is a must-listen for every military professional, wargamer, and amateur student of the art of war.

On War is a seven-year collection of columns written by the father of 4th Generation War theory while observing the US invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. It is an intriguing account of a war in progress, as seen through the eyes of a military theorist able to anticipate events with an almost prophetic degree of accuracy. Throughout the book, 4GW theory is defined, described, and refined as events in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places demonstrate the theory’s utility in making sense of current events and predicting future ones. The inevitable failure of the New Iraqi Army and the US-installed al-Maliki government is explained years in advance, as is the rise of the Islamic State and other 4th Generation forces presently battling for power in post-occupation Iraq.

Lind also makes an ominous, but compelling case for the gradual spread of 4th Generation chaos and the decline of the state throughout the world, including in the United States of America. In one of the key passages of the book, Lind writes: “4th Generation war is the greatest change since the Peace of Westphalia, because it marks the end of the state’s monopoly on war. All over the world, state militaries are fighting non-state opponents, and almost always, the state is losing.”

William S. Lind is one of the most significant and influential military theorists on the planet. The author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook and a founder of 4th Generation War theory, Mr. Lind is known and respected by military personnel around the world.

©2014 William S. Lind (P)2018 William S. Lind

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  • Primedoughnut
  • 05-01-19

Donald Trump would probably love it...

I thought long and hard about writing a review for this book, I usually don't, but although it is an enjoyable listen, it is very much a political piece (understandably so given it's William Lind's personal machinations), however, I came away with the opinion, that although he rails against big conservatism in favour of the smaller kind, he comes across as very much a mix of the 2.

The reason Donald Trump would probably enjoy it, is because the author is no fan of 'open borders' with Mexico, and implies that most of America's domestic woes could be better served by closing it, something Trump (and his many fans) would no doubt love.

The main body of the book, however, rightly deals with the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan (and the reason I chose to listen to it), and Lind's observations, correspondences and meetings with former commanders and returning servicemen (He's no fan of women serving in the military front lines) is rather compelling...

However, I came away feeling that Lind's constant referral to Political Correctness, cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt school as the cause of, and the reasons the world (or christian world) is heading to oblivion, to be rather one sided.

Taken for what it is, however, it is a useful insight in to some of the errors and mistakes, and down right lies which led to the USA to fight two separate wars in the middle east.

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  • 04-19-18

The best Book on War

Probably the best book on War and coming collapse of many western states. Linds constant referrals to historical examples proves that Warfares only constant is Mans inability/refusal to learn about himself and his neighbours.