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What We’re Reading: On War, Real and Imagined

A History of Warfare By John Keegan Waxing philosophical about war is nearly as old as war itself. Sun Tzu, Winston Churchill, Thucydides, Shakespeare; among these...

What We’re Reading: US Power and Nationhood

Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World By Robert M. Gates For my first review of 2021,...

What We’re Reading: Sakhalin Island and the Making of Colombia

Sakhalin Island By Anton Chekhov Earlier, during my studies, I read a lot of Russian classical literature, including the works of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. Chekhov is...

What We’re Reading: Bad Business and the Anti-Bonds

Car Guys Vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business By Bob Lutz Business is metaphysical. It begins with a vision of something...

What We’re Reading: Remembering le Carre

Editor’s Note: David John Moore Cornwell, better known by his pen name, John le Carre, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 89....

What We’re Reading: British Independence, Swiss Neutrality

A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop By Kevin O'Rourke Middle England By Jonathan Coe A little over a year ago, back when such things...

What We’re Reading: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World By Fareed Zakaria “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” by Fareed Zakaria was named Amazon’s Best Book of October 2020,...

What We’re Reading: Acts of Heroism

Medal of Honor Directed by James Moll The Medal of Honor is the highest and most prestigious honor that can be awarded to members of the...

What We’re Reading: American and Soviet Pathologies

Why Obama Fears for Our Democracy An interview by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic I’ve read approximately 9 million of the 468 million presidential election post-mortems, which...

What We’re Reading: Royal Ambition

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman By Ben Hubbard This month I decided to read Ben Hubbard’s much-anticipated book about one of Saudi Arabia’s...

What We’re Reading: Interpretations of Work and History

Culture Shock: Surviving Five Generations in One Workplace By Joanna Dodd Massey Five generations now occupy the U.S. workforce. That means at any given time, there...

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