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Below is the announcement for my new book America's Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.



By: Christopher A. Lawrence

While the past half-century has seen no diminution in the valor and fighting skill of the U.S. military and its allies, the fact remains that our wars have become more protracted, with decisive results more elusive. Our campaigns have taken on the character of endless slogs without positive results. This fascinating book starts with the previously close-held casualty estimate for Iraq that The Dupuy Institute compiled in 2004 for the U.S. Department of Defense. Going from the practical to the theoretical, it then discusses a construct for understanding insurgencies and the contexts in which they can be fought. It applies these principles to Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, assessing where the projection of U.S. power can enhance our position and where it merely weakens it.

America's Modern Wars presents an extensive analysis of insurgencies based upon a unique database of 83 post-WWII cases. The book explores what is important to combat and what is not important to combating insurgencies. As such, it builds a body of knowledge based upon a half-century’s worth of real-world data, with analysis, not opinion. In these pages, Christopher A. Lawrence, the President of The Dupuy Institute, provides an invaluable guide to how the U.S. can best project its vital power, while avoiding the missteps of the recent past.

America’s Modern Wars can be ordered directly from Casemate Publishing at: from any reputable book seller.

For those still looking for it, my book Kursk: The Battle of Prokhorovka(Aberdeen Books) is expected to be out this July.


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