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Words for War: Seven Unknown Quotes on War

March 18, 2015


This post is a contribution to the War Council blog challenge: Can you come up with seven meaningful quotes on war that nobody has read?   “Few of us can hold on to our real selves long enough to discover the real truths about ourselves and this whirling earth to which we cling. This is especially […]


March 15, 2015


Here is my answer to the War Council’s call for WarBooks. “WarBooks centers on the personal relationship between students of war and their books.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to see someone else’s bookshelf (not everyone is on  To know, for example, what books mattered most to a particular soldier, general, admiral, academic, or theorist?” The […]

Winter “Break” Reading List

December 22, 2013


I’m not taking any extended leave from work during this holiday season, a few days here and there. It is however a break from school. With a nod to @BareftStratgist here’s my list:  Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East  – Marc Gopin  I’m reading this in preparation for my […]

Revolutionary Summer Reading

August 20, 2013


My summer reading has taken my reading list on a bit of a turn toward the revolutionary… Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth From the Publisher: Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the […]

Reviewing my 2013 Reading List (with an eye toward 2014)

January 1, 2013


Updated December 2013 I am reviewing my reading list I put together for 2013. It appears that other reading requirements sure got the best of this list. Here’s the list with edits and carry overs for next year’s list: The Revenge of Geography, Robert Kaplan (move to 2014) The New American Militarism, Andrew Bacevich Hybrid […]

Chasing Ghosts

December 28, 2012


Chasing Ghosts: Failures and Facades in Iraq: A Soldier’s Perspective An Operation Iraqi Freedom vet and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Paul Rieckhoff recounts his journey from National Guard lieutenant to disillusioned patriot in this disappointing combat memoir-cum-polemic. Rieckhoff admits that he thought the reasons for invading Iraq were “bullshit,” but volunteered […]

Deviant Globalization

December 21, 2012


Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century This carefully curated selection of provocative and accessible essays helps us come to grips with the dark underside of the global economy, and sheds new light on what we can and should do about it.—Peter Andreas, Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Watson Institute for […]