David Kilcullen. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla. Oxford: Oxford University Press, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen book review. Click to read the full review of Out of the. Out of the Mountains has ratings and 58 reviews. Hadrian said: Broad study of some future trends in warfare. Kilcullen considers that warfare against.

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I was very lucky and was able to read a free copy won in a Goodreads Giveaway, for your information. David Kilcullen is the author of the highly acclaimed The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency.

In any case, it’s an easy overview of some upcoming challenges and environments that people ought to think about. Open Preview See a Kilcullej

Anyone who has responsibilities for international security or who cares about the future of governance in an increasingly over-crowded and resource-stressed world needs to read this book. The Hurst Publishers website uses cookies and other tracking technologies e. This is a powerful study of the important role technology, particularly social media, plays in the war zone in Syria.

I’m not sure that we have not heard many of these predictions before, but what sets this book apart is the depth Kilcullen takes his argument. In recent years he has focused on fieldwork to support aid agencies, non-government organizations and local communities in conflict jountains disaster-affected regions, and on developing new ways to think about complex conflicts in highly kilvullen urban environments.

Kilcullen points out that we are becoming more clustered in our coastal cities.

Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

Oct 30, Julien rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 05, Christopher Westman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 24, Kara rated it liked it Shelves: As the book will tell you something you may thw have knownas the “population has grown, urbanization has accelerated. Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen’s fieldwork in supporting aid agencies, non-government organizations, and local communities in conflict and disaster-affected regions, has taken him from the mountains of Afghanistan to the cities of Syria.


Readers who enjoy the work of Robert Kaplan or even Paul Theroux oc the engaging mix of adventure writing with sophisticated social and political analysis — will find Kilcullen quite appealing. Very interesting book which reads more like a guide to modern urban warfare two days after the Paris attacks. Cohen and Krysten Connon. Dec 07, Denis Mcgrath rated it it was amazing. His assertion that technology has brought about interconnectedness is the one point that is important to note.

Trivia About Out of the Mounta Social med Good book for giving someone another reason to move away from populated coastal areas.

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Jul 27, Michele rated it really liked it Shelves: The author structures his work around the 4 mega trends of our time, population growth, urbanization, connectivity and littoralization, in conjunction with recent past and current examples, in support of his view on the future of mmountains and mountaiins where, why, by whom and how they Penned by one of the preeminent military intelligentsia authors of our time, this work stands as well today in predicting the future of our world and the conflict it will likely encounter as it did upon publication.

Ebook This kilcjllen is available as an ebook. Explains how criminal organisations, extremist religious groups, and warlords maintain control over civilian populations and are welcomed to do so when the state government is too weak or corrupt to provide stability. The use of technology has raised questions about space and cyberspace, whether a war zone should include areas of drone command and control, how best to combat “swarming” of enemy forces and whether large state against state wars are truly dead.


More an overview than an in-depth mounains, Kilcullen’s latest is, however, packed with ideas. Technology will play a role because technol There is something familiar yet new about David Kilcullen’s Out of the Mountains: A useful primer on a complex and difficult subject.

It is incredibly interesting and highlights trends that will change how we kilculken and practice warfare. If you continue on this website you will be providing your consent to our use of this information. He suggests that cities, rather than countries, are the critical unit of analysis for future conflict and that resiliency, not stability, will be the key objective.

And it is about what cities, communities and fo can do to prepare for a future in which all aspects of uot society–including, but not limited to, conflict, crime and violence–are changing at an unprecedented pace. I was impressed with the argument itself, but if we accept Kilcullen’s argument that all four of the above mentioned factors play a role in future of war, what do we do about it? Our clustering and our connectivity leads to new vulnerabilities that enemies can exploit.

The title is slightly misleading, as it’s not simply about guerilla warfare but about modern conflict, which will be, as he shows, mostly urban, but involving populations, accessible technology and social organization like nothing before, and far removed from what Mao or Che Guevara knew.