The Insurgents - David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War-logo

The Insurgents - David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

Fred Kaplan

Based on previously unavailable documents and interviews with more than one hundred key players, including General David Petraeus, The Insurgents unfolds against the backdrop of two wars waged against insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the main insurgency is the one led at home by a new generation of officers-including Petraeus, John Nagl, David Kilcullen, and H. R. McMaster-who were seized with an idea on how to fight these kinds of "small wars" and who adapted their enemies' techniques to overhaul their own army. Fred Kaplan explains where their idea came from and how the men and women who latched onto this idea created a community (some would refer to themselves as a "cabal") and maneuvered the idea through the highest echelons of power. This is a cautionary tale about how creative ideas can harden into dogma, how smart strategists-"the best and the brightest" of today-can win bureaucratic battles but still lose the wars. The Insurgents made the U.S. military more adaptive to the conflicts of the post-Cold War era, but their self-confidence led us deeper into wars we shouldn't have fought and couldn't help but lose.

Based on previously unavailable documents and interviews with more than one hundred key players, including General David Petraeus, The Insurgents unfolds against the backdrop of two wars waged against insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the main insurgency is the one led at home by a new generation of officers-including Petraeus, John Nagl, David Kilcullen, and H. R. McMaster-who were seized with an idea on how to fight these kinds of "small wars" and who adapted their enemies' techniques to overhaul their own army. Fred Kaplan explains where their idea came from and how the men and women who latched onto this idea created a community (some would refer to themselves as a "cabal") and maneuvered the idea through the highest echelons of power. This is a cautionary tale about how creative ideas can harden into dogma, how smart strategists-"the best and the brightest" of today-can win bureaucratic battles but still lose the wars. The Insurgents made the U.S. military more adaptive to the conflicts of the post-Cold War era, but their self-confidence led us deeper into wars we shouldn't have fought and couldn't help but lose.
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Based on previously unavailable documents and interviews with more than one hundred key players, including General David Petraeus, The Insurgents unfolds against the backdrop of two wars waged against insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the main insurgency is the one led at home by a new generation of officers-including Petraeus, John Nagl, David Kilcullen, and H. R. McMaster-who were seized with an idea on how to fight these kinds of "small wars" and who adapted their enemies' techniques to overhaul their own army. Fred Kaplan explains where their idea came from and how the men and women who latched onto this idea created a community (some would refer to themselves as a "cabal") and maneuvered the idea through the highest echelons of power. This is a cautionary tale about how creative ideas can harden into dogma, how smart strategists-"the best and the brightest" of today-can win bureaucratic battles but still lose the wars. The Insurgents made the U.S. military more adaptive to the conflicts of the post-Cold War era, but their self-confidence led us deeper into wars we shouldn't have fought and couldn't help but lose.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin Foley

Length:

15h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

52:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

45:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

46:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

37:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

45:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

21:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

49:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:35


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

52:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

36:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:26


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

35:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

51:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

58:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

44:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:09