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This elegantly produced collection tells the story of modern warfare, beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century.
Gavin is concerned that U.S. nuclear policy is distorted by myths about the past, and he believes that a better understanding of the history of the nuclear age would improve the contemporary approach.
Wirtz and Lavoy assembled top experts to consider which countries might go nuclear next. Solingen’s team makes the case for using both sticks and carrots but notes that positive incentives are harder to design.
Three short, sad books report on the effects of war on those who fight.
O’Connell, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, analyzes the development of the corps’ culture from World War II to the Vietnam era.
This superb book is Kennedy’s best. His simple but striking proposition is that the Allied victory rested not only on the work of grand strategists in presidential cabinets and high military commands but also on the efforts of middle managers, such as the logisticians, engineers, and operational analysts who addressed the major obstacles to success.
In narrating the history of the U.S. occupation of Iraq, Gordon and Trainor finish the job they started in Cobra II, their 2006 book on the origins of the Iraq war. Their Iraqi and American sources are extraordinary, allowing them to describe events with an enormous, and sometimes overwhelming, amount of detail.
Boot's conclusions confirm that although guerrillas, insurgents, and terrorists have had their successes, the strong normally prevail over the weak. Invisible armies work best when they are able to build up visible political support and link up with (or become) even more visible conventional forces.
Comparing earlier wars with contemporary “fights to the finish” allows Whitman to ruminate about the possibilities for restraint in war and to challenge international lawyers to develop a “law of victory” that would support agreement on who had won a war and what was gained as a result.
The NBC television show Stars Earn Stripes, co-hosted by the retired U.S. general and one-time presidential candidate Wesley Clark, purports to put minor celebrities through the harsh realities of war. This book represents a corrective to the conceit the show peddles, that soldiering is simply about drills, endurance, and shooting straight.
Logevall's megisterial book describes how the United States' role in former French Indochina developed during the 1950s; it is, in essence, pre-histories of the Vietnam War.
Unlike most historians of the Cold War’s origins, who tend to concentrate on the dreadful bloodletting that marked the final stages of World War II, Dobbs begins with the conference at Yalta, where Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin met to plan the fate of postwar Europe.
Veith’s intensive research and interviews yield a level of detail that is a bit overwhelming and likely to deter all but the most enthusiastic readers. The book is nonetheless a service to military history, for no one has produced nearly as thorough an account of these events.
The NBC television show Stars Earn Stripes purports to put minor celebrities through the harsh realities of war. These books represent a corrective to the conceit the show peddles, that soldiering is simply about drills, endurance, and shooting straight.
In this book, Hastings, a young freelance reporter, chronicles his adventures covering the war in Afghanistan. The heart of the book is the story of how Hastings managed to get access to General Stanley McChrystal, then the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and members of his inner circle in order to write a profile for Rolling Stone.
Bergen captures the paradoxes of bin Laden's demise superbly, drawing on his excellent government sources, his deep knowledge of al Qaeda, and his reporter’s instincts (which got him into the Abbottabad compound just after the raid). His book is full of fascinating details and illustrates the immense pressure on national security bureaucracies to provide options to policymakers and then reduce the risks associated with their implementation.
This is an intriguing little book. When, Dudziak asks, does “wartime” begin and end?
In a subtle analysis of the history of the nuclear order, Walker charts the stresses and strains to which the system has been subjected.
O’Hanlon, a leading specialist on military budgets, argues that cuts can be made but should not be too drastic and should not usher in a disengaged foreign policy.
It is hard to think of any serious new angles on World War II, but Collingham has done so by considering the importance of food in sustaining the war effort and shaping strategy.
These two books tell the story of the United States’ struggle against terrorism from 9/11 to the death of Osama bin Laden, concentrating on the intelligence and police operations that led to the capture or killing of a collection of true believers and naive fantasists who sought to kill as many Westerners as possible.
Until 2001, Feinstein was a member of South Africa’s parliament for the African National Congress. He resigned in disgust at the bribes paid by arms manufacturers to senior party figures as the country modernized its military.
Compared with southern and western Europe’s experience of World War II, the course of the war in the East has been far less thoroughly researched. But the East is now catching up.
Stevenson’s book is a masterful, lucid analysis that considers in detail the factors of technology, morale, supply, economics, and politics that contributed to Germany’s defeat in World War I. In a completely different book about the same war, Englund reconstructs the conflict through the stories of a diverse cast of 20 people who lived through it.
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