Security Books & Reviews

Inside the Mind of George F. Kennan

The wisest of the wise men.

Max Americana

Do the presidents who are pushiest abroad get the most done?

Breach of Logic

An unpersuasive argument that America's civilian-military gap is widening—and sucking us into war.

Roosevelt and His Diplomatic Pawns

FDR masterfully maneuvered the United States into the Second World War without appearing to do so. His corps of envoys and advisers did little to shape the agenda of a strategic and political mastermind.

Redcoat Leaders Weren't All Dolts

The British generals who lost the American Revolution were hardly incompetent fools.

Dilemmas of the Modern Navy

The maritime services are under growing strain. But is there really no alternative to U.S. sea hegemony in the same form we have seen it in since 1945?

The McChrystal Way of War

The general was an innovative thinker in the midst of major changes in the Army.

Al Qaeda Rises in Yemen's Chaos

How the deadly offshoot of the infamous terror group got its start.

Generals on the Firing Line

Tom Ricks thinks we don’t make generals like we used to. He may be right.

Gambling with the Fate of the World

Why has there been no World War III? A new tome probes the Cold War policy most relevant to this puzzle—Eisenhower’s doctrine of “massive retaliation” threatening a nuclear response against conventional threats.

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April 16, 2014