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David Kilcullen is one of the world's foremost thinkers on counterinsurgency and military strategy. He is the author of The Accidental Guerilla, a Washington Post bestseller, and Counterinsurgency. He was formerly Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq and to the NATO Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
Such an important book...What makes Blood Year particularly valuable is that Kilcullen manages to recount the events of 2014 and 2015 without succumbing to the pull of political correctness or the push of conventional wisdom. * The Sunday Times * This is a lucid story, humanely told and utterly chilling, in which the author wears his experience and erudition lightly. It should be read by those who still cling to the debris of the fences they sat on over Iraq and Syria. * Financial Times * Mr Kilcullen gives an unflinching insider's account of how mistakes and missed opportunities led inexorably to the events of 2014 ... a wise and important book. * The Economist * Kilcullen is a legendary figure in the world of counterterrorism . . . his book is a frank and revealing expose of all the military and political missteps that the West has made since 2001. * Literary Review * Kilcullen explains superbly the multiple paths to jihadism, the numerous ways in which terrorists can strike, the plentiful targets urban societies offer, and antediluvian ISIS' savvy use of the Internet and social media to attract and train acolytes. * The New York Times Book Review * Kilcullen's book is a tour de force. With telling details and personal reminiscences, he seeks to make sense of how the U.S. counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq ultimately fell apart. * Foreign Affairs * 'Blood Year' is a scintillating reflection on the rapidly evolving wars in and around the Middle East. Crisply written and forcefully argued, Kilcullen's book challenges all sides in the contentious debate over America's role in the region and the world. -- Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science, George Washington University and author of The New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East A dispassionate, discouraging analysis of how the Western counterterrorism effort has gone so terribly wrong. . . . Kilcullen pulls no punches in describing the current security situation. . . . This brief work packs an analytical wallop. . . . Kilcullen's personal familiarity with the territory and many major players adds elements of vivid color to the well-informed discussions of history and policy, and the narrative is refreshingly nonpartisan. . . . Direct, insightful, and frightening, this book will prepare readers to see through the misguided, simplistic solutions to the problems of Middle Eastern policy and Islamic terror so common in this election year. * Kirkus starred review * David Kilcullen is one of the world's leading theorists of counterinsurgency; his comprehensive experience in the field, in Iraq and elsewhere, makes him uniquely qualified to analyse the emergence of ISIS. 'Blood Year' combines elements of memoir, reportage, and trenchant analysis to provide a highly accessible, vividly written account that is a model of both clarity and rigour. -- Peter Bergen, author of 'United States of Jihad', 'Manhunt', and 'The Longest War' David Kilcullen, an Australian military officer and academic, was deeply involved in the US counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq. His engrossing book combines personal reminiscence with non-partisan analysis of what went wrong--and warns of the risk of further deterioration. -- Gideon Rachman * Financial Times Summer Reading * A timely primer to the story of countering asymmetric and terrorist threats across much of the world since 2001 - in this it is one of the best, and most accessible, of its kind. -- Robert Fox * The World Today *