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The Tiger's Way: A U.S. Private's Best Chance For Survival


This book is not just fun reading for determined riflemen, but vital self-defense info. for all security ranks and jobs. The Pentagon lost on the ground 40 years ago, and its squad tactics haven't changed much. Herein lie more advanced techniques for every category of short-range combat. They will permit better small-unit maneuvers (and fewer losses) for every intensity of combat. As Western ordnance turned more lethal, Eastern armies came to rely on tiny semi-autonomous elements. Most provide every rifleman with guerrilla training. Until the Pentagon follows suit, its own infantry enlistees will have less field skill, initiative, and decision-making experience than their Communist counterparts. In any close encounter, they will die unnecessarily and their commanders too often fail to win.

What the critics have said about The Tiger's Way

“The book . . . explains that by privates, fire teams, and squads training themselves, U.S. ground forces can acquire short-range proficiency without a massive bureaucratic overhaul.” — Newport News (VA) Daily Press

“Poole shares the capabilities of the foreign fighters . . . [who] will most likely confront Americans at war.” — Manassas (VA) Journal Messenger

“All of it [the book] will make you better prepared for the future fight.  I recommend it to all infantrymen and infantry leaders.” — Maj.Gen. Ray L. Smith, USMC (Ret.)

“The book has numerous . . . illustrations that depict various armies’ methods of infiltrating, how they fight in the dark and urban areas, as well as ways to counteract these threats.” — Fort Myer Pentagram

“John Poole gives us a detailed picture of how individual soldiers on the ‘other side of the hill’—particularly in the East—are trained to fight.  There is much to be learned by studying this remarkable book.” — Brig.Gen. Edwin Howard Simmons, USMC (Ret.)

“John Poole continues to reduce U.S. casualties by providing information every soldier needs.” — Col. Joe E. Kilgore, U.S. Army

“[This book] should be required reading for all U.S. military personnel.  John Poole conclusively demonstrates that most Eastern soldiers receive ninjutsu-like training.  That makes them well ahead of our troops in initiative, field skills, and tactical decision making—and better able to survive on the expanded battlefield of the future.” — Col. Robert V. Kane, U.S. Army (Ret.) publisher emeritus, Presidio Press

“Our military says they train as they fight.  If this is true, they won’t make it in real combat such as . . . in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  This book tells how to win against a real enemy who shoots back.  A must read for every Grunt and their leaders.” — Col. David H. Hackworth, U.S. Army (Ret.)

“Sun Tzu wrote 2500 years ago, ‘Know yourself, know your enemy, 100 battles, 100 victories.’  This book is a key to American victories in the 21st Century.” — Kim Holien, professional military historian

“John Poole’s previous books have done American fighting men immense service.  His latest promises more of the same, at a time when American soldiers and Marines are facing exactly the kinds of opponents he is writing about.” — William S. Lind

“[S]o long as the Pentagon thinks only about programs and money, American soldiers and Marines will need to discover post-machinegun tactics on their own.  Gunny Poole’s books offer them a readily available way to do so.”  — Military.com

“If you train infantry, buy this book.” — British Army Review Magazine

“[This book] will bridge the gap that has been unknowingly created in our rifleman.  It shows him how to defeat any adversary, from a Moslem terrorist/guerrilla to an Asian regular.” — Leatherneck Magazine

“[M]any Afghani and Iraqi insurgents are using the Eastern military tactics Poole describes.  This makes the book an eye opener.” — National Guard Magazine

“Poole . . . believes that while America was preoccupied with technology, the rest of the world may have evolved tactically. . . . [He] hopes to prepare U.S. soldiers for the type
of short range combat used by our adversaries in the East. — Oberlin Alumni Magazine

The effective response [in Iraq] is to decentralize [control over] U.S. forces, giving more authority to the sergeants who lead platoons working city neighborhoods, getting to know the people . . . , said Poole, who details these ideas in a new book. — Newhouse News Service

Tiger's Way: a warrior's guide to victory. — Camp Lejeune Globe 

Poole is a professional teacher of military tactics and has an extensive knowledge of the Eastern enemy. — Fort Leonard Wood Guidon

Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Part One: A Growing Threat at 75 Yards
Chapter 1: American Units Must Further Disperse
Chapter 2: Orphaned Squads Are at Greater Risk
Chapter 3: U.S. Riflemen Will Need More Skill
Part Two: The New “Basics”
Chapter 4: Microterrain Appreciation
Chapter 5: Harnessing the Senses
Chapter 6: Night Familiarity
Chapter 7: Nondetectable Movement
Chapter 8: Guarded Communication
Chapter 9: Discreet Force at Close Range
Chapter 10: Combat Deception
Chapter 11: One-on-One Tactical Decision Making
Part Three: What the “Eastern” Soldier Does
Chapter 12: When Told to Hold
Chapter 13: At the Listening Post
Chapter 14: With Contact Patrolling
Chapter 15: On Point
Chapter 16: About Tracking an Intruder
Chapter 17: While Stalking a Quarry
Chapter 18: To Reconnoiter an Enemy Position
Chapter 19: In the Rural Assault
Chapter 20: For Attacking Cities
Chapter 21: During an Urban Defense
Part Four: The Winning Edge
Chapter 22: The Rising Value of the “Little Picture”
Chapter 23: How the Tiger Is Born
Chapter 24: Field Proficiency Has No Substitute
Appendix A: Casualty Comparisons
Appendix B: Enemy Entry-Level Training
Appendix C: Advised U.S. Battle drills
About the Author
Name Index

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ISBN 0963869566

Paperback: 424 pages, 100 illustrations, 1425 endnotes