Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife
- Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
- Narrated by: John Pruden
- Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 30-05-2012
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
In examining these two events, Nagl argues that organizational culture is key to the ability to learn from unanticipated conditions, a variable which explains why the British army successfully conducted counterinsurgency in Malaya and why the American army failed to do so in Vietnam, treating the war instead as a conventional conflict. Nagl concludes that the British army, because of its role as a colonial police force and the organizational characteristics created by its history and national culture, was better able to quickly learn and apply the lessons of counterinsurgency during the course of the Malayan Emergency.
With a new preface reflecting on the author’s combat experience in Iraq, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knifeis a timely examination of the lessons of previous counterinsurgency campaigns that will be hailed by both military leaders and interested civilians.
Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl, US Army (Ret.), is a military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense. He led a tank platoon in the First Cavalry Division in Operation Desert Storm, taught national security studies at West Point’s Department of Social Sciences, and served as the operations officer of Task Force 1-34 Armor with the First Infantry Division in Khalidiyah, Iraq.
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By Natalie on 06-07-2016
How to make military action and political effort match
A must read for every officer, civil servant or educated amateur who searches for a deeper understanding of COIN.
This book is more important than ever for those dealing with ISIS, Al Nuzra, Al-Qaeda, etc. in places like Lybia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan but also for countering separatism in Eastern Ukraine.
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By James on 25-05-2018
Good for the car
Struggled to stay engaged despite the interesting topic, as the narrator was a bit flat. Would suggest reading The Best and Brightest first to get a deeper understand on the Vietnam story.