Book Notes – “War Nerd by Gary Brecher”

I finished reading “War Nerd” which is collection/bookification (yeah I made up the word) of Gray Brecher’s “War Nerd” web column.

The author is annoying, smug, and geeky.

I quite enjoyed the book. You should buy it. If you start reading it, keep reading.

It is a very readable analysis region-by-region of what is referred to in XGW as 0GW and 4GW – he doesn’t use though terms. If you don’t think 0GW exists anymore, read this book.

Here is the authors “mainpoints” or view on warfare as it is now (the very last thing written in the book):

1. Most wars are asymmetrical / irregular.
2. In these wars, the guerrillas / irregulars / insurgents do not aim for military victory.
3. You can NOT defeat these groups by killing lots of their members. In fact, they want you to do that.
4. Hi-tech weaponry is mostly useless in these wars.
5. “Hearts and Minds,” meaning propaganda and morale, are more important than military superiority.
6. Most people are not rational, they are TRIBAL: “my gang yay, your gang boo!” It really is that simple. The rest is cosmetics.

Here is the author being interviewed on Public Radio (don’t believe any of the biographical info though) – he is clearly an asshole – but an interesting one:

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6 Responses

  1. Interesting… He should find out about us. We’d help him be a better thinker.

  2. “6.Most people are not rational, they are TRIBAL: “my gang yay, your gang boo!” It really is that simple. The rest is cosmetics.”

    This is a great point but could be polished a bit with: “As social deterioration accelerates social networks shrivel as peoples tribal “instincts” become more pervasive.” Or something of that nature.

    And I agree with Dan.

  3. I have been reading this guy for years. He is very good. He does come off as an asshole, but that is a small price to pay.

    I should buy the collection, to have it all in one place.

  4. He is definitely worth read. I had occasionally read his column. Getting it all back to back in place was a much better experience then reading bits and pieces now and then.

  5. […] Here are my War Nerd book notes (short version: I liked it and think it was a valuable read). […]

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