Review – Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939

Spain in our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939 by Adam Hochschild, Hardcover, 464 pages. Published 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN: 978-0547973180 "...if you were against Hitler and Mussolini before Dec. 7, 1941, you were a premature anti-fascist." -Representative Martin Dies, House Un-American Activities Committee Adam Hochschild notes that many American veterans …

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Review – The First World War by Hew Strachan & The First World War by John Keegan

The First World War By John Keegan Hardback, 475 pages. Published 1999 by Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN: 0--375-40052-4 The First World War By Hew Strachan Hardback, 364 pages. Published 2003 by Viking. ISBN: 0-670-03295-6 Hew Strachan and John Keegan are unquestionably among the foremost British military historians of our day, and both produced single volume …

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Why does the U.S. have such a staggering record of failure? We don’t.

I came upon this little gem this morning through a link from Doctrine Man (@Doctrine_Man) on Twitter. Harlan Ullman, Arnaud deBorchgrave Distinguished Columnist no less, points out quite accurately that U.S. military adventures since 1945 have not resulted in the sort of Appomattox/rail car at Compiegne/Deck of the Missouri moments of triumph that Americans see …

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Review – The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century

The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century by Colonel Thomas X. Hammes, USMC Paperback, 321 pages. Published 2006 by Zenith Press. ISBN: 978-0-7603-2407-3 Written as the Iraq war was careening off a cliff and published in 2006, just before President Bush's decision to "surge" in Iraq, The Sling and the Stone …

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Review – Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers

Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers By Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May Paperback, 329 pages. Published 1986 by The Free Press. ISBN: 0-02-922791-7 I first read Neustadt and May's book as a student at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, I think on the recommendation of Dr. …

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Review – Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present

Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present By Max Boot Hardcover, 750 pages. Published 2013 by W.W. Norton & Co. ISBN: 978-0-87140-424-4 Max Boot attempts in Invisible Armies to construct a comprehensive catalogue of insurgency, terrorism, and revolution from antiquity to the 21st century. While his sketches are …

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Review – This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History

This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History by T.R. Fehrenbach Paperback, 483 pages. Published 1998 by Brassey's. ISBN 1-57488-161-2 T.R. Fehrenbach's This Kind of War may be the most oft-quoted history of the Korean conflict, specifically this lyrical passage: Americans in 1950 rediscovered something that since Hiroshima they had forgotten: you may fly …

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