Make no mistake—insurgent victories are the exception, not the rule, assures Jeffrey Record; but when David does beat Goliath, the consequences can change the course of history. Record, a professor of strategy at the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama, reviews eleven insurgent wars from 1775 to the present and determines why the seemingly weaker side won. He argues that, while there are many contributing factors in each case, the most consistent element is external assistance.
"The United States would be better off if more people read Jeffrey Record's insightful analysis—especially people in power. His analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the American way of war is by itself worth the price of the book."—Thomas Ricks