Knife Fights

Knife Fights

A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice

Book - 2014
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An influential Army officer traces the Gulf War experiences that shaped his perspectives on the changing nature of conventional combat and his then-discounted views about terrorism, citing his role in coauthoring the military's new counterinsurgency field manual.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594204982
Characteristics: 269 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm


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Dec 19, 2018

So I checked this out because LTC Nagle is a fellow West Pointer and an academic colleague. I was very impressed by the work. He's got plenty in there about counterinsurgency and "the next great battlefield" analysis, but interspersed is a terrific set of mid-level Army leadership experiences. He's refreshingly honest and self-critical, and the book is a very good, easy read. I'd recommend this to anybody who a) is curious about modern military history, or b) is curious what a modern battlefield feels like, or c) needs some good lessons about counterinsurgency (though his other book is probably more of a textbook on that topic).

Mar 24, 2015

A must read for anyone interested in future conflicts as well as a behind the scenes military view of the W. fiasco in Iraq.


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