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Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook
by Edward N. Luttwak
Harvard University Press, 1979
eISBN: 978-0-674-73543-9 | Paper: 978-0-674-17547-1 | Cloth: 978-0-674-17546-4
Library of Congress Classification JC494.L88 1979
Dewey Decimal Classification 321.09

The coup is the most frequently attempted method of changing government, and the most successful. Coup d’État outlines the mechanism of the coup and analyzes the conditions—political, military, and social, that gives rise to it. In doing so, the book sheds much light on societies where power does indeed grow out of the barrel of a gun and the role of law is a concept little understood.
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