Category Archives: International Relations

Book Review: Wealth, Poverty And Politics

Wealth, Poverty And Politics:  An International Perspective, by Thomas Sowell There is a great deal in this book that is familiar if you have read some of the author’s other books.  Like many authors (myself included), Sowell has a consistent … Continue reading

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Boris Gudunov And The Russian Dilemma

For the past few days I have been listening to a Russian opera in my car.  Not being someone who has listened to a lot of operas, and certainly not Russian ones, I have found this particular opera to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fall Of The Ottomans

The Fall Of The Ottomans:  The Great War In The Middle East, by Euguene Rogan What this book does in a very crowded market of books that deal with World War I is to examine the war from the point … Continue reading

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Book Review: The War That Ended Peace

The War That Ended Peace:  The Road To 1914, by Margaret MacMillan If reading about the way that Europe stumbled through the beginning of the 20th century and finally found itself involved in the horrors of World War I is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thieves Of State

Thieves Of State:  Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, by Sarah Chayes In a more perfect world, it would not be necessary to justify anti-corruption efforts based on their threats to security.  One would simply be able to point out that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Thirty Year’s War: Europe’s Tragedy

The Thirty Year’s War:  Europe’s Tragedy, by Peter H. Wilson This book is a thorough volume in dealing with the Thirty Year’s War, a conflict which has always interested me but where the historiography tends to be heavily slanted towards … Continue reading

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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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