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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Review – The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough Paperback, 698 pages. Published 1977 by Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-24409-4 This book was sitting on my shelf for about 30 years. I'm pretty sure I received it as a high school graduation present. Why I never picked it up, …

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Review – The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security By Bartholomew Sparrow Hardcover, 717 pages. Published 2015 by PublicAffairs. ISBN: 1586489631   In the summer of 2013, I was standing in the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Senate during Senator Jack Reed's annual reception for visiting West Point Cadets. As a chronic introvert, I …

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Review – WAR

WAR by Sebastian Junger. Kindle Edition, 297 pages Published May 11th 2010 by Twelve (first published 2010) ASIN B0035II95C Sebastian Junger's WAR is the best encapsulation of America's wars at the dawn of the 21st century from the soldier's point of view. Period. I never experienced the sort of intense, sustained, infantry combat that Battle …

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Review – My Share of the Task: A Memoir by Stanley McChrystal

My Share of the Task: A Memoir by Stanley McChrystal Kindle Edition, 464 pages. Published January 7th 2013 by Portfolio. ASIN B007ZHCEN2 When Stanley McChrystal commanded the special operations task force in Iraq, he sent liaison officers to all of the major conventional commands, young majors and lieutenant colonels whom he hand-picked for their intelligence, …

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Review – James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Louis Ketcham

James Madison: A Biography by Ralph Louis Ketcham Paperback, 753 pages. Published March 22nd 1990 by University of Virginia Press (first published 1970). ISBN 0813912652 Ketcham's Madison biography provides a thorough and engaging survey of Madison's life, the philosophical underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution, and the political maneuvering of the founders and the early republic. …

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Gen Z and the National Security State

I just came upon this in Foreign Policy: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/28/spy_kids_nsa_surveillance_next_generation (may be paywalled) Well worth the time to read it.  I think Mr. Stross may be too pessimistic in the second half, but his basic insight is important. 1.  Things weren't always the way they are now, and they won't be that way forever.  Although Stross …

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