This book examines the long, complex experience of American involvement in irregular warfare. It begins with the American Revolution in 1776 and chronicles big and small irregular wars for the next two and a half centuries. What is readily apparent in dirty wars is that failure is painfully tangible while success is often amorphous. Successfully fighting these wars often entails striking a critical balance between military victory and politics. America's status as a democracy only serves to make fighting - and, to a greater degree, winning - these irregular wars even harder. Rather than futilely insisting that Americans should not or cannot fight this kind of irregular war, Russell Crandall argues that we would be better served by considering how we can do so as cleanly and effectively as possible.
Martin L. Cook - Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics, US Naval War College
Daniel Kurtz-Phelan - Fellow, New America Foundation; former member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff
Thomas G. Mahnken - Jerome E. Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security, US Naval War College
Michael Mandelbaum - Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and author of The Road to Global Prosperity
Riordan Roett - Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Western Hemisphere Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
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