Book review: Modern Warfare: A French View of Counterinsurgency by Roger Trinquier
Col. Roger Trinquier is a French military leader who served in numerous conflicts, notably Indochina and Algeria. He wrote several other books on war but they are only available in French. The publisher translated this one for a particular reason: it is right on the money in describing today’s reality of war and terrorism. There’s another reason and I’ll get to that in a bit.
This book isn’t a big one (88 pages) so I won’t do a lengthy review of it, wouldn’t make sense. That said, it does have some remarkable content. Col. Trinquier writes a treatise describing a new, modern way of warfare based on terrorism. War is no longer a matter of huge conflicts where one army faces another on a clear battlefield. Modern war is about overthrowing an existing government and replacing it.