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

I heard a terrific interview with this author on NPR.

The smartest commentary on modern war I’ve yet heard.

In a new book, The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, journalist and author Fred Kaplan tackles the career of David H. Petraeus and follows the four-star general from Bosnia to his commands in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Central to the story are ideas of counterinsurgency. Kaplan says that while counterinsurgency is not a new kind of warfare, it’s a kind of war that Americans do not like to fight. …

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