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"Milanovic's outstanding book adds significantly to recent works by Thomas Piketty, Anthony Atkinson and Francois Bourguignon." --Financial Times

"Milanovic makes global inequality his central focus, though with considerable attention to related political issues. He brings flesh insights to one of today's most talked-about issues, clearing up confusion on the way." --New Statesman

"Additions bringing this work into the twenty-first century include Luttwak's observations about how coup plotters in the age of the internet must now take control of more than the central television station to control public propaganda. It offers as much wisdom on the counter-coup as on the coup itself. It remains in print more than forty years after it was written and still commands sales. The reason may be that it is a good read: wry, observant and practical." --Charles Glass Times Literary Supplement (06/01/2016)

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Edward N. Luttwak serves or has served as a contractor for the Office of Net Assessment of the U.S. Department of Defense and for the U.S. armed forces, and as a consultant to the U.S. National Security Council, the White House Chief of Staff, and several allied governments.

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5.0 su 5 stelle EXCELLENT..... 31 agosto 2016
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Read it when it first came out and loved it. Second edition is great also.
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Fascinating read.
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This is a new version of an earlier 1968 edition of the same book, with updated examples. I had always imagined that coups were confined to 3rd world banana republics, but was surprised to find that Lutwak's definition of a coup, successful or not, included both France and Italy, and that coups, as opposed to revolutions, were the more common method of seizing power.

I found the book fascinating in its presentation of analytic tools for assessing the potential for successful a coup based on the concentration of power in ethnic groups and in the organization of a country's security agencies. In many cases these agencies are structured more to deal with internal threats to the regime from each other rather than external enemies!

Most of the book was very well written, but Chapter 7, “The Execution of the Coup D'Etat” which painted a hypothetical scenario of how a coup could take place seemed fictional and didn't play well with the actual case studies covered in the rest of the book. Appendix C was a useful list of 20th century coups organized by region and country.

Previously I'd read Luttwak's “Strategy” and “Strategy of the Byzantine Empire.” Both were immensely enjoyable. The author's style and depth is always both interesting and engaging. It was a good read that I think that other political junkies might enjoy.
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Coup d'etat, A Practical Handbook, Edward Luttwak, The Penguin Press, London, ©1968 Edward Luttwak

I first read this work at university shortly after it was published and have kept it near ever since. Edward Luttwak has in fact written a "handbook" that in five chapters offers clear and concise insights into the theory and the mechanics of the transfer of political power via the use or threatened use of armed force. In this surprisingly compact volume, he discusses what is a coup d'etat, when is it possible, and how to plan and execute a coup d'etat. Furthermore, he links this analysis to the historical record, repeatedly citing real world examples that were the basis for his work. Finally, he provides some 20 pages of appendices that provide much of the historical record and analytical background to the book's main theses. I had an opportunity to test Mr. Luttwak's work in December 1979. I was then on duty as an intelligence watch officer at the Department of State in Washington as Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. Although the Soviet Union claimed that its forces had been invited in by the regime in Kabul, the arrival and movement of those forces in Kabul made it soon evident that their actions, which meticulously followed Luttwak's script, were intended to give them full and unimpeded sole control of Kabul and Afghanistan. This small volume represents a valuable contribution to the political scientist's understanding of how armed political changes work and to the historian's understanding of how such changes have taken place over the years - this book is highly recommended and may be one of the most valuable single volumes in your library.