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On Not Confusing Ourselves: Essays On National Security Strategy In Honor Of Albert And Roberta Wohlstetter
On Not Confusing Ourselves: Essays On National Security Strategy In Honor Of Albert And Roberta Wohlstetter
Edited by Andrew W. Marshall and others
Westview Press, 1991, 331 pp.

The Wohlstetters may like hard strategic give-and-take best, but good food and wine comes in a close second (as anyone who has ever presumed to invite Albert to a conference knows). This festschrift by colleagues, former students and admirers celebrates the strategic and the culinary. He is the quintessential defense insider who had influence without ever writing a book (she wrote a famous one, Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision, and he wrote lots of papers, many of the best of them classified). The retrospectives conjure up the excitement of RAND's heyday during the 1950s, and Robert Bartley's preface is positively mouth-watering.