THE TIMES 100 BEST BOOKS FOR SUMMER
AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR
'AN IMPORTANT BOOK' Sir Richard Dearlove, Former Director of MI6
'The Freakonomics of modern warfare' Conn Iggulden
Everything you think you know about war is wrong. The rules have changed, and we are dangerously unprepared. In Goliath, former paratrooper and Professor of Strategy Sean McFate teaches us the ten new rules of war for today.
War is timeless. Some things change - weapons, tactics, leadership - but our desire to go into battle does not.
We are living in an age of conflict: global terrorism, Russia's resurgence and China's rise, international criminal empires, climate change and dwindling natural resources.
But while the West has been playing the same old war games, the enemy has changed the rules.
Sean McFate has been on the front lines of conflict. He has seen first-hand the horrors of battle, and as a strategist, he understands the complexity of the current military situation. In this new age of war:
- Technology will not save us
- Victory will belong to the cunning, not the strong
- Plausible deniability is more potent than firepower
- New types of world powers will rule
Learn how to triumph in the coming age of conflict in ten new rules. Adapt and we can prevail. Fail, and size and strength won't protect us.
This is The Art of War for the 21st century.
'Some of what he says makes more sense than much of what comes out of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence' Max Hastings, Sunday Times
'Thought-provoking' Johnathon Evans, Former Head of MI5
'Fascinating and disturbing' Economist
The Freakonomics of modern warfare
An important book
Lively and provocative ... laced with examples from the history of conflict as well as his own career as a soldier
A thought-provoking book. Sean McFate has admirably captured the challenges we face with an evolving character of warfare. Technology and the pervasiveness of information have blurred the distinction between peace and war and have opened up seams that our opponents are ruthlessly exploiting, utilising weapons that don't need to go bang
Thought-provoking. Sean McFate puts his finger on key issues for Western security
His iconoclastic book is being hailed by radicals as a wake-up call to governments and armed forces everywhere, to stop doing all the wrong things; to start doing a few right ones . . . Some of what he says makes more sense than much of what comes out of the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence
Radical thoughts on the West's approach to modern warfare
A fascinating and disturbing book
Stunning. McFate is the new Sun Tzu