Editor’s note: A review misstated the location in “How Green Was My Valley.” It has been corrected on site.
Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them.
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War
By David Halberstam
Jacob L. Shapiro: It’s no accident that I’m including David Halberstam’s book on the Korean War for a second time. My earlier review reflected only my initial impressions of this very long book, and now that I’m further along, I figured it might be helpful to serialize reviews for one book rather than to pen one paragraph on something I’m only pretending to read.
In that spirit, there are three main things I have learned from “The Coldest Winter.” The first is the impermanence of military power. The U.S. was an overwhelmingly dominant global military force in 1945. By 1950, that fo