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How To Stage A Military Coup (edition 2009)

by David Hebditch, Ken Connor

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Title:How To Stage A Military Coup
Authors:David Hebditch
Other authors:Ken Connor
Info:Skyhorse Publishing (2009), Kindle Edition, 256 pages
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How to Stage a Military Coup: From Planning to Execution by Ken Connor

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    Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook by Edward N. Luttwak (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Luttwak is better on the nuts and bolts of coup planning, but is somewhat dated.
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Luttwak’s Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook remains the best guide to planning a coup. Hebdritch is writing a generation later, and includes information about coups in Indian Ocean and South Pacific nations.
One change in the operational environment is the ubiquity of helicopters in the modern world. Most Armies and National Police forces have their own aviation units. These aircraft offer both an opportunity and a danger for the coup leaders. You can’t just neutralize the Air Force any more.
The primary difference between then and now is the role of the media in making or breaking a coup. In Luttwak’s time, it was possible to close the airport, seal the borders, seize the broadcast stations, and cut telecommunications cables. Your country could be cut off from international scrutiny until you had seized power. Not so today. As soon as the shooting starts, CNN and the BBC will be broadcasting via satellite from the roofs of their hotels. You are in a life or death struggle to win over international public opinion, preventing intervention on behalf of the legitimate government.
The coup leader must become the star of his own reality show. Gather up the international correspondents, and confine them ‘for their own safety’ in their favorite hotel bar. Free drinks and food on the New People’s Government, of course. You won’t be able to keep them incommunicado for long, so it is essential to have your own press officers help them get back on the air as soon as possible. Press officers must speak excellent English and should be photogenic female civilians. As soon as feasible, embed a few correspondents with your forces so that they can get action footage. Cue the cheering liberated population.
Luttwak’s book remains the one that every colonel should have in his knapsack, but he should make sure to scribble the local contact numbers for the BBC and CNN in the margins. ( )
  WaltNoise | Apr 6, 2013 |
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Fed up with taxes? Angered and disappointed by corrupt leaders? How to Stage a Military Coup lays down practical strategies that have proven themselves around the globe. David Hebditch and Ken Connor examine, with a critical eye, successful as well as failed coup attempts throughout the twentieth century with the aim of showing their readers just what it takes to swiftly and soundly overthrow a government. Exploring coups from Nigeria, to Cuba, to Iraq, and with true stories of SAS combat written by Ken Connor, the book gives an insightful glimpse into this violent and rarely-seen world of shifting power.How to Stage a Military Coup is a unique textbook for the armchair revolutionary, as well as a practical guide for the idealist with a soft spot for the sound of artillery fire. From evaluation of the political climate and investigation of potential allies, to recruiting and training personnel, to strategies for ensuring timely transfer of power, the book leaves no aspect of the coup d’état unexamined. The book also includes appendixes, notes, and a world map of coups d’état.
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The coup remains the most common form of power change throughout the world. The government being targeted by a coup attempt could be democratically elected, a dictatorship, or a junta put in place by the previous month's coup. The motivation is usually a combination of power, greed and exploitation disguised as patriotism. How to Stage a Military Coup explores these violent and often bloody appropriations of authority, alongside the political, military, and social conditions out of which they arise. Taking into account factors such as timing, media control, popular support, and government organizational structure, and by drawing on examples of coups worldwide, both failed and successful, the authors reveal exactly what it takes to carry out a successful government take-over.
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Fed up with taxes? Angered and disappointed by corrupt leaders? How to Stage a Military Coup lays down practical strategies that have proven themselves around the globe. David Hebditch and Ken Connor examine, with a critical eye, successful as well as failed coup attempts throughout the twentieth century with the aim of showing their readers just what it takes to swiftly and soundly overthrow a government. Exploring coups from Nigeria, to Cuba, to Iraq, and with true stories of SAS combat written by Ken Connor, the book gives an insightful glimpse into this violent and rarely-seen world of shifting power. How to Stage a Military Coup is a unique textbook for the armchair revolutionary, as well as a practical guide for the idealist with a soft spot for the sound of artillery fire. From evaluation of the political climate and investigation of potential allies, to recruiting and training personnel, to strategies for ensuring timely transfer of power, the book leaves no aspect of the coup d?tat unexamined. The book also includes appendixes, notes, and a world map of coups d?tat.… (more)

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