Category Archives: International Relations

Book Review: Stilwell And The American Experience In China 1911-45

Stilwell And The American Experience In China 1911-45, by Barbara W. Tuchman Admittedly, this book ends somewhat abruptly, but that is because its subject’s life ended somewhat abruptly.  One moment we are reading about Stilwell’s experience at the end of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Guns Of August

The Guns Of August, by Barbara W. Tuchman Given that this book is such a well-recognized classic of the history of the first month of World War I, it is hard to say anything new about it, and so I … Continue reading

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On Bringing A Knife To A Gunfight

Recently, it came to my attention that there was an incident at the end of Eid where a Palestinian attempted to knife some Israelis only to end up shot themselves.  In trying to find the story, I found that this … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Great Courses: War And World History: Part II

Great Courses:  War And World History:  Part II, taught by Professor Jonathan P. Roth Admittedly, and pleasingly, I found the author’s war and society much less irritating than I did at first.  When one is listening to lectures about ancient … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First Salute

The First Salute:  A View Of The American Revolution, by Barbara W. Tuchman I must say that I was rather impressed with this book, not least in the way that Tuchman managed to demonstrate the importance of the Caribbean and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Zimmerman Telegram

The Zimmerman Telegram, by Barbara W. Tuchman This book may seem to be a very unusual one to be the second book by this author that one has read.  Not surprisingly, given my preference for earlier history to that of … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Vichy Syndrome

The New Vichy Syndrome:  Why European Intellectuals Surrender To Barbarism, by Timothy Dalrymple I found this book to be deeply interesting and thought-provoking, as it is written from the point of view of someone who understands history and politics and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Skin In The Game

Skin In The Game:  Hidden Asymmetries In Daily Life, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb I read this book (and this author in general) because this book had been recommended to me on Goodreads.  This sort of book recommendation tells me something … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dining With Al-Qaeda

Dining With Al-Qaeda:  Three Decades Exploring The Many Worlds Of The Middle East, by Hugh Pope I must admit that the more I read about this book the more unlikeable I found the author and his perspective.  The fact that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tail Wags The Dog

The Tail Wags The Dog:  International Politics And The Middle East, by Efraim Karsh Not everyone is going to like this book, but I loved this book.  The author, himself a scholar of international relations with an Israeli background and … Continue reading

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