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Coup d'État

A Practical Handbook, Revised Edition

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$25.50 • £20.95 • €23.00

ISBN 9780674737266

Publication Date: 04/11/2016


304 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

19 line illustrations, 23 tables


  • List of Figures*
  • List of Tables**
  • Acknowledgment
  • Preface to the 2016 Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Foreword by Walter Laqueur (1978)
  • 1. What Is the Coup d’État?
  • 2. When Is a Coup d’État Possible?
  • 3. The Strategy of the Coup d’État
  • 4. The Planning of the Coup d’État
  • 5. The Execution of the Coup d’État
  • Appendix A. The Economics of Repression
  • Appendix B. Tactical Aspects of the Coup d’État
  • Appendix C. Statistics
  • Index
  • * Figures
    • 4.1. Alternative forms of government
    • 4.2. The formal government and the real one
    • 4.3. Telecommunication facilities available to governments
    • 4.4. The physical targets of the coup
    • 4.5. Physical targets in a coastal city
    • 5.1. Operational sequence and timing
    • 5.2. Intelligence “noise” and analysis
    • 5.3. Lead time required by teams to reach their targets
    • 5.4. Simultaneous penetration of the defensive warning system
    • A.1. Political survival limit on taxation
    • A.2. The Duvalier formula
    • B.1. “Sophisticated” seizure of major defended targets
    • B.2. General structure of blocking position
    • C.1. Frequency of coups d’état, 1950–2010
    • C.2. Proportion of successful vs. failed coups d’état, 1950–2010
    • C.3. Frequency of coups d’état by region, 1950–2010 (stacked)
    • C.4. Frequency of coups d’état by region, 1950–2010 (unstacked)
    • C.5. Distribution of coups d’état by region, 1945–1965
    • C.6. Distribution of coups d’état by region, 1966–2010
  • ** Tables
    • 3.1. Formal structures and real chains of command
    • 3.2. Country X: potential forces of intervention
    • 3.3. Optimum infiltration strategy
    • 3.4. The role of ethnic minorities in Syrian politics
    • 3.5. Class of 19– at military academy of Country X: present career position
    • 3.6. The Aref brothers in Iraq, 1958–1966: a study in loyalty
    • 3.7. Battalion No. 1: recruitment prospects
    • 3.8. Infiltration of the armed forces in Portugal
    • 3.9. Infiltration of the armed forces in Germany
    • 4.1. Groups that try to influence US policies in the Middle East
    • 4.2. Alternative forms of government
    • 4.3. Mass communications in the Middle East and North Africa, mid-1967
    • 4.4. Police telecommunication facilities in Ghana, 1967
    • 5.1. The mechanics of intervention of the loyalist forces
    • 5.2. The first communiqué: a choice of styles
    • B.1. Eve of the coup: forces of the state fully subverted
    • C.1. Economic development and the coup d’état, 1945–2010
    • C.2. Basic list of coups and attempted coups, 1945–2010
    • C.3. The efficiency of the coup d’état, 1945–2010: outcome as a function of main party
    • C.4. The frequency of the coup d’état: region and time distribution of coup, 1945–2010

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