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

David Kilcullen

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

David Kilcullen

In his third book, David Kilcullen takes us out of the mountains- away from the remote, rural guerrilla warfare of Afghanistan, and into the marginalised slums and complex security threats of the world’s coastal cities, where almost 75 per cent of us will be living by mid-century. Scrutinising major trends - population growth, coastal urbanisation, and increasing digital connectivity - he projects a future of feral cities and urban systems under stress, as well as greater overlaps between crime and war, internal and external threats, and the real and virtual worlds. Informed by Kilcullen’s own fieldwork in the Caribbean, Somalia, Afghanistan, and India, and that of his field-research team in cities in Central America and Africa, Out of the Mountains presents detailed, on-the-ground accounts of the new faces of modern conflict - from the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, to transnational drug networks, local street gangs, and the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Deeply researched and compellingly argued, it is an invaluable roadmap to the future and its potential dangers. ‘An iconoclastic new book on future urban conflicts.’ -David Ignatius, Washington Post ‘Out of the Mountains isn’t brimming with tactical solutions to such problems. Just as present-day counterinsurgency doctrine didn’t materialise overnight, the answers to the questions Mr. Kilcullen poses will evolve over time. But his insistence that it is 'time to drag ourselves - body and mind - out of the mountains’ serves as a reminder.‘ -Wall Street Journal 'The nature of future conflicts with both state and non-state enemies, and the kind of weapons that will be used, is spelled out in a new book by the perceptive and thoughtful counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen. … Out of the Mountains is a warning of the vulnerability of what he calls feral cities , of coastal ones in particular, faced with hit-and-run attacks, ambushes, snipers, and bombings.’ -The Guardian

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