Lawrence D. Freedman

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Coker sees war not as a vicious, dysfunctional throwback to more primitive, pre-rational times but as an essential feature of human societies.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Without ever denying MacArthur’s flaws and mistakes, Perry revives the general’s reputation by carefully and positively appraising his role in some of the war’s key moments.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Matthews, a professor of engineering psychology at West Point, believes that a better grasp of how humans understand and adapt to their environments would improve the selection and preparation of fighters in armed forces.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Coffey, a historian of science, traces the origins of some of the most important weapons of the past century.

Capsule Review
May/June
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Epstein's book will set the standard for further research on the military-industrial complex.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

In his thorough exploration of why and how foreign fighters get involved in wars far away from their homes, Malet focuses on the importance of transnational identity.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

This curious book addresses what Scarry describes as the incompatibility of nuclear weapons and democracy.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Ginsberg’s book is a direct challenge to the optimism of the celebrated cognitive neuroscientist Steven Pinker, whose 2011 book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, argued that violence is playing a diminishing role in human affairs.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Martin van Creveld's latest book provides a history of war games, which he defines very broadly to include almost any activity that links play and conflict.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

In addition to providing new insights into the debate over missile defense, Slayton raises valuable questions about the broader interaction between scientific expertise and advocacy.

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Lawrence D. Freedman

Castner commanded an explosive ordnance disposal unit in Iraq. His style is gripping, and the book is surprisingly informative about the history and practice of bomb disposal, but it is also chaotic, as he moves back and forth between his wartime experiences and his later struggles to cope with PTSD, which he refers to as his “Crazy.”

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

In this thoughtful meditation on technology and ethics, Riza, a fighter pilot and colonel in the U.S. Air Force, worries that robotics make it easier to go to war.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Kilcullen argues that most future conflicts will occur in cities, thanks to the extraordinary growth in urban populations and the interconnectedness wrought by new technologies, which will create novel opportunities for crime and political violence.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

In this terrific book, Farmelo tells the story of the United Kingdom’s nuclear program, which began with pioneering work in Cambridge before World War II and ultimately merged with the United States’ Manhattan Project.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2014
Lawrence D. Freedman

Terrorist organizations are no different from other political entities, except that their resources tend to be as meager as their ambitions are huge

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2013
Lawrence D. Freedman

Although U.S. forces are now out of Iraq and are quickly withdrawing from Afghanistan, debate still rages over counterinsurgency (COIN) and the concept of “winning hearts and minds.” These three books look at the different sides of the COIN.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Lawrence D. Freedman

These three books illuminate different aspects of World War II using diaries, letters, and memoirs to capture what the war meant for people caught up in it.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2013
Lawrence D. Freedman

Three new books on counterterrorism cover new ground, focusing on U.S. drone policy; the "lone wolf" terrorist; and counterterrorist financing.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
Lawrence D. Freedman

This elegantly produced collection tells the story of modern warfare, beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Capsule Review
May/June
2013
Lawrence D. Freedman

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.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2013
Lawrence D. Freedman

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.