I figured I'd put this to you more advanced chaps: I teach another COIN class to undergrads next semester and need to send my textbook order to the university bookstore. The three definite choices are: 1. The Utility of Force (Smith) 2. Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare (Marston/Malkesian) 3. FM 3-24 (Yanks) I can't decide on the fourth: The Strongest Tribe (West) OR Baghdad at Sunrise (Mansoor) The course is an introduction to COIN techniques for a mixture of civvies and future Septic officers. I'm trying to cover the operational level in Iraq, which both books do. West covers the entire war while Mansoor dissects his own time as a brigade commander in 2004. Any preferences from people who've read both? Which would you choose?