By examining the failures against insurgents in Algeria, Cyprus, Vietnam and Iraq, James S Corum offers rare and much-needed insight into what can go wrong in such situations - and how these mistakes can be avoided. In each case, Corum shows how conflict could have been avoided by the major power if it's strategy had addressed the underlying causes of the insurgency it faced; not doing so wastes lives, and weakens the power's position in the world. Corum's clear and practical prescriptions for success show how the lessons of the past apply to failed policies in Iraq, and how these can yet be turned round to gain a lasting peace.I have ordered the book. Jim is a very good writer whose material is accessible to the non-specialist while providing scholarly apparatus for further investigation.
Bad Strategies: How Major Powers Fail in Counterinsurgency. is $18.48 on the US Amazon site. There is an Amazon UK link but there are third-party sellers in England who are offering the book at substantially lower price than Amazon's price - you can order from them via the same UK Amazon link.