The Sling and the Stone : On War in the 21st Century, Paperback

The Sling and the Stone : On War in the 21st Century Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International
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  • Category: Military history
  • ISBN: 9780760324073



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Author (and Marine Corps Col.) Thomas Xavier Hammes didn’t invent the concept of “Fourth Generation Warfare” (4GW) but popularized it and made it a subject of cocktail party conversation a couple years back. The book has some good information on late 20th Century insurgencies, specifically the Sandanista and Al-Aqsa uprisings. Overall though, although Hammes book isn't meant to be a complete compendium of 4GW conflicts, I did feel that his description and defense of 4GW warfare as something unique to our times did ignore a lot of history and counterevidence - much of which, for example, could be found in the history of Eastern Europe from 1919 to 1939.At its time, it was a timely dose of history and seasoned reasoning about counterinsurgency warfare at the beginning of the 20th Century. But now the book seems a lot dated since the 2004 Iraqi “surge.”

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