Since 2006, counterinsurgency has been the guiding doctrine of the U.S. military establishment. The first book of its kind, Hearts and Minds meets counterinsurgency proponents on their own playing field, retelling the history of counterinsurgency from the perspective of the populations whose hearts and minds have been fought over since the end of the World War II. The book details t only the real socio-ecomic sources of discontent behind insurgencies, but also the negative impact of counterinsurgency programs on everyday people. A key resource for the debates on military policy.
Hannah Gurman is an assistant professor at New York University s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She writes on the politics, economics, and culture of U.S. diplomacy and military conflict for Salon, the Huffington Post, and Foreign Policy in Focus, among other publications. She is the author of The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond. She lives in New York City.