Beating Goliath: Why Insurgencies Win
Jeffrey Record. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books, Inc., 2007. 192 pp. Notes. Bib. Index. $24.95.
Reviewed by Michael S. Neiberg
This impressive book deserves a wide audience. It attempts to explain why every major American use of force since 1945 has failed against a materially weaker enemy. Obviously written in the darkening environment of the current Iraq insurgency, Beating Goliath places insurgency in a surprisingly wide context for such a short book. Along the way, Jeffrey Record reviews much of the current literature on counterinsurgency and takes some of the less informed commentators to task for their simple presumptions and facile conclusions.