Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy

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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Micah Zenko is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in New York.


"An important book."--Red Team Journal
"[Zenko's] valuable analysis and advice will be of particular interest to executives, and anyone charged with strategic planning."--Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general for future at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
A gripping, deeply informed overview of red teaming.... Red Team is filled with harrowing stories of red-team failures but also successes in the domains of both national security and the private sector, where companies, for example, red team against hackers."--Soundview Executive Book Summaries
"An excellent book."--Booklist
"Zenko explains, in absorbing detail, the value of red teams, groups formed to act as devil's advocates.... Zenko offers readers much to consider and an effective way to take action."--Kirkus
"In today's complex world, decision makers need smart, sophisticated, and insightful options. Red Team shows policymakers and CEOs alike that the way to make the best use of your organizational talent is to break down your organization."--Jami Miscik, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA
"Complacency, groupthink, inertia, tunnel vision. These are the most common after-the-fact explanations of big failures in politics, government, war, and business. In these pages Micah Zenko offers a lucid analysis backed by many fun-to-read examples of common mistakes as well as a useful compendium of best practices. Red Team is must-read for decision makers everywhere."--Moises Naim, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment, author of The End of Power
"The most depressingly timely book on terrorism I read this year."--Carlos Lozada, editor of the Washington Post Book Party blog
"An excellent book.... There are few business or government officials who could not derive some insights from the wide breadth of examples Zenko exploits so effectively."--War on the Rocks