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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Lots of it isn’t particularly new, especially the urban theory and the overall demographics used to underpin the book’s main thesis. Videos About This Book. The typical opponent will be an armed gang allied with a political faction.

Sep 13, Bob H rated it it was amazing Shelves: Changing Worlds David W. Very interesting book which reads more like a guide to modern urban warfare two days after the Paris attacks. As the book will tell you something you may already have knownas the “population has grown, urbanization has accelerated. Ambush in Afghanistan 1. This author does a good job of looking at some of our recent encounters and those of our adversaries and posits wars fought in urban environs and how such warfare might be accomplished.

Readers who enjoy the work of Robert Kaplan or even Paul Theroux—the engaging mix of adventure writing with sophisticated social and political analysis—will find Kilcullen quite appealing.

The result is an original and interesting book, and one which appreciates the complexity of its subject. When one witnesses the speed in which revolutionaries are able to converge in Egypt through the use of Twitter and Facebook, it becomes apparent that technology indeed has become a weapon of sorts, as well as a quick way to disseminate information.

It would be needlessly difficult to focus on only one contributing factor in COIN or other warfare, and I am grateful to read a more systematic approach to these issues. His tactical examples from recent history are apt.


Indispensible for anybody seeking to understand conflict, and not just military, in this time.

He shows us how modern connectivity mounrains the Web, cell phones, social networks, satellite technology, and phenomena like Skype or Google Earth — now reaches every part of this new environment. Kilcullen dissects all of the moving parts, layers and flows of activity in these crowded, coastal, connected cities and how those characteristics were exploited leading to the success of these attacks for the perpetrators, of course, not the innocent civilians or American soldiers killed.

Our clustering and our connectivity leads to new vulnerabilities that enemies can exploit. It’s eye opening to be reminded about the bigger picture instead of living in our own cozy little world with our petty problems.

The author structures his work around the 4 mega trends of our time, population growth, urbanization, connectivity and littoralization, in conjunction or recent past and current examples, in support of his view on the future of conflicts and of 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.

But his insistence that it is ‘time to drag ourselves — body and mind — out of the mountains’ serves as a reminder that complacency remains one of the most serious threats to U.

Out of the Mountains – David Kilcullen

In recent years he has focused on fieldwork to support aid agencies, non-government organizations and local communities in conflict and disaster-affected regions, and on developing new ways to think about complex conflicts in highly networked urban environments. My only quibble is that he tends to approach the issues with mountais a military mindset, or with an emphasis on military tools.

In conclusion, Kilcullen’s ideas seem more than plausible, but how we deal with them is a question that this book seems to leave open-ended for further debate. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kilcullen writes a well-paced narrative of potential urban warfare with good mountakns samples from world mega cities based on real world examples. Iran has shown how easy it is to shut down social media and the internet in order to leave revolutionary populations in the dark ages.


And it is about what cities, communities and businesses can do to prepare for a future in which all aspects of human society–including, but not limited to, conflict, crime and mpuntains changing at an unprecedented pace. This is far more than a book on tactics in the chaotic world we’re in: This book may not offer anything groundbreaking in the way of new information, but it does underline the importance of these demographic trends, and the implications associated with them.

Kilcullen unflinchingly confronts the nightmare of endless warfare in the slums of the world.

Refresh and try again. The solution will most often not be a classic Kilcullen writes a well-paced narrative of potential urban warfare with kountains case samples from world mega cities based on real world examples.

An expert account of the way technology and highly-urbanized coastal environments will effect the future of conflict. Kolcullen Kilcullen is the author of the highly acclaimed The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency. Mar 23, Roger Burk rated it liked it.

Living in the Crosshairs David S. I now see, how the common man wishes to have modern freedoms, that should be guaranteed on the basis of UN Human Rights, but at the same time longs for Stability and Safety in the zones of persistent conflicts.

Out of the Mountains

Jul 02, Susan in NC rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Technology will play a role because technol There is something familiar yet new about David Kilcullen’s Out of the Mountains: Jul 27, Michele rated it really liked it Shelves: Broad study hhe some future trends in warfare.