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4th Generation Warfare Handbook

Narrated by: Bob Allen
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Written by the author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook and an active-duty USMC officer with experience in Iraq, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook is the doctrine for a new generation of war. Over the last 40 years, the world has gradually entered into a post-Clausewitzian state where the wars are undeclared, the battlefields can be anywhere, the uniforms are optional, and the combatants as well as the targets are often "civilian." Conventional militaries have repeatedly attempted to utilize technology to meet the new challenges posed, but even the most advanced technology has provided little more than meaningless short-term victories rendered futile in months, if not weeks.

This inability of Western governments and militaries to come to terms with the changing nature of modern warfare has led to failed interventions, failed occupations, and now even failed states everywhere from Eastern Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. And with the recent mass movement of peoples around the world, 4th Generation Warfare can be safely expected to appear in Western Europe and the United States before long.

Drawing on their decades of experience with military history and military action, the authors have distilled 4GW theory into a short, concise, easily accessible handbook that provides the soldier, the military analyst, and the civilian observer with a guide to understanding and responding to the changing realities of this challenging new form of war.

©2015 William S. Lind and Gregory A. Thiele (P)2016 William S. Lind and Gregory A. Thiele

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  • kenneth
  • 29-07-2016

Eye opener

this book was an eye-opener it made me look at more closely and reconsider everything I know about Warfare in the Modern Age I would highly recommend this book to anyone in the military profession especially to future or current officers in the military

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  • Phoenician
  • 14-08-2016

It's the Hearts and Minds Theory All Over Again

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This was an enjoyable little read. Not terribly sophisticated. Modern War is becoming less a series of battles between national armies and more of a series of skirmishes between state run armies and smaller, less sophisticated groups like terrorist organizations or largely civilian staffed guerilla armies. Unless we invoke the tactics of "winning the hearts and minds" by respecting and enpowering the local populace and fighting the insurgents on their level -- utilizing light infantry units and guerilla tactics -- occupational state forces will end up fighting demoralizing wars without end (i.e. Vietnam, the Soviets in Afghanistan). Lots of great vignettes.

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  • Frederick P. Blume
  • 17-08-2020

Welcome to small units!

I think it was a GREAT introduction to the world of psychological warfare. Since all war is based on deception, EVERY conflict is first conducted between minds. That is why Sun Tzu said that the superior general knows his mind and his adversary's mind as well. In so many words.

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  • Terrence
  • 24-06-2020

Intended more for leadership

Though the book is intended more for those in a military-like leadership role, it did give good insight into the requirements and preparation of individual troops. I specifically enjoyed the parts on light infantry and their tactics and methods.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-04-2020

really good. I'd make a minor tweak.

great book on 4th generation warfare. my one major criticism is that they don't adequately address what makes a state legitimate until the end of the text. that probably should have been addressed around the time state legitimacy was brought up as a major factor in 4th gen conflicts

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  • April E Rhodes-Bruner
  • 21-09-2019

Good book!

Very good book. Spent most of my work week listening to it. Ends with recommendations for additional reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-2019

Delivers great clarity

Failures in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars make sense now. Thank God for the USMC.

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  • Richard Cimino
  • 02-01-2019

Hearts and mind

They will still hate you, and when the opportunity presents itself, They will turn against you, I my county we’re invaded by a superior force, I would use anything including treachery. Fourth generation works both ways. Good to know though.

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  • Jugg
  • 28-04-2018

Excellent work...

There are certainly concepts in this work I disagree with. For example, Americans and the American culture will likely never accept a scenario in which combat casualties are skewed in favor of the enemy as a matter of strategy under any circumstances. A Commander in Chief or Commander who attempts to do so will not be in command long. That said, Lind’s ideas in later chapters are exceptional. Overall an outstanding piece of work. Highly recommend.

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  • Comet
  • 16-03-2018

A Must read

A book that was amazing. Learned alot from this book, a must read for military members.

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  • B. Baker
  • 16-04-2017

Informative, educational, and fun!

This book should be required reading for pretty much everyone.
I feel more aware of military ideology, tactics and thought then before.
An eye opening exploration of modern warfare tactics and their application.