The Best Books of 2012 on Military, Scientific, and Technological Subjects
The professor of War Studies at King's College, London selects the most important books on military, scientific, and technological topics published during the last year. Here are his reviews, culled from recent issues of the magazine.
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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.
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.
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.