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Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Militant History

Max Abrahms


Imagine you’re the leader of a militant group. Your enemy is a government far stronger than your crew. How can you beat the odds and achieve your political goals? For over a decade, the author has studied hundreds of militant groups throughout world history to discern why some succeed while others are doomed to fail. This book offers welcome news for the rebel. It turns out that the leaders of militant groups possess a surprising amount of agency over their political destiny. Triumph is possible. But only for those who know what to do. This is the first book to identify a cohesive set of actio ... More

Keywords: Leaders, leadership, terrorism, terrorist, social movements, rebels, militants, Islamic State, Al Qaeda, drones

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Max Abrahms, author
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Northeastern University