Both Forgotten and Misread: Robert Taber’s The War of the Flea by Daniel N. White

by Daniel N. White
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Oct. 5, 2009

Just finished re-reading the ’60’s counterinsurgency classic, War of the Flea, by Robert Taber. I think I read it back in high school, as it has that real familiar feel to it of a book you’d read years ago. The details were gone from my memory; if you’d asked me about it last week or earlier I couldn’t have told you jack about it. Right now it is being bruited about as a necessary and essential read in military/diplomatic circles. I’m tending to agree; the author aint dumb and aint blind neither. Most all the US written stuff in that time frame–the ’60’s–dealing with counterinsurgency and wars of national liberation and third world security issues was all puerile garbage. This aint. There’s more than a touch of wisdom to it. Continue reading