"In 1949, Alexander Foote wrote a small book, “A Handbook for Spies” which contains all one needs to know to conduct espionage. Now comes another small volume, “Contra Cross”, by William Meara which contains much of what one needs to understand to counter or for that matter support an insurgency. Based on his experience in El Salvador and with the Contras in Honduras/Nicar"In 1949, Alexander Foote wrote a small book, “A Handbook for Spies” which contains all one needs to know to conduct espionage. Now comes another small volume, “Contra Cross”, by William Meara which contains much of what one needs to understand to counter or for that matter support an insurgency. Based on his experience in El Salvador and with the Contras in Honduras/Nicaragua during the 1980’s, Meara provides a crisp, thoughtful exposition of the problems and requirements for the winning of such conflicts. Meara’s thoughts and experiences are well worth pondering as our nation takes on its current adversaries."Duane Clarridge – Thirty-three year veteran of the CIA's clandestine service, Chief of CIA Latin American Division 1981-84, conceiver and chief of CIA Counterterrorism Center 1986-88, author of " The Spy for All Seasons."A journey through the Central American wars of the 1980s as seen through the eyes of a young American officer who worked on both sides of insurgency in the region: In El Salvador Bill Meara supported efforts to defeat insurgents; with Nicaraguans he worked to keep an insurgency alive. One of very few Americans to see both sides up close, he takes readers into his world as an advisor struggling with cultural differences and human rights violations while trying to stay alive in murderous El Salvador. We join him on dangerous helicopter rides into contra base camps on the Honduran-Nicaraguan border and into a U.S. Embassy under attack. From Special Forces school at Ft. Bragg to Joan Baez’s back-stage party in Managua to a contra POW camp deep in the jungle, we get a taste of Meara’s world up close.More than a collection of war stories, Contra Cross explores the difficult moral and ideological issues of the Central American wars. Meara’s experiences with insurgency and counterinsurgency allow him to provide critically important insights on why the United States has such difficulty dealing with ragtag armies of third-world rebels. “Dead-on accurate, readable, and honest, this book will give no comfort to those gringo politicians still mourning the communist failures in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Bill Meara is someone who has the insurgency-counterinsurgency era in Central America nailed.” -- Col. John Waghelstein, USA (Ret.), Naval War College, former commander of U.S. Military Group – El Salvador and of the 7th Special Forces Group“Contra Cross is not only a refreshing and an uplifting change from most war memoirs, it is also punctuated with the beautifully written highs and lows of everyday life. Meara studiously avoids both personal aggrandizement and being an apologist for American politicians. His clear and uncommon common sense is refreshing and does much more: It adds weight to his observations both as a Green Beret--trained officer and a U.S. State Department foreign service officer. For the military historian as well as anyone seeking a deeper understanding of how American overseas assistance worked, this book is a must. The fact that the writing reflects intelligence, candor, and fairness to all sides is a terrific bonus.”-- Loyd Little, former Green Beret author of the award-winning Vietnam novel Parthian Shot William R. Meara served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1988, attaining the rank of captain, and then joined the U.S. Foreign Service where he has served as a diplomat in Honduras, Spain, the Dominican Republic, the Azores, the United Kingdom and Italy....
|Title||:||contra cross insurgency and tyranny in central america 1979 1989|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||168 Pages|
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