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Articles from Vol. 93, No. 3, May-June

Afghanistan Declassified: A Guide to America's Longest War
AFGHANISTAN DECLASSIFIED A Guide to America's Longest War Brian Glyn Williams, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2012, 248 pages, $34.95 BRIAN GLYN WILLIAMS of Dartmouth University, author of the Army's field guide to Afghanistan...
Alternate Perspectives: Trying to Think from the Other Side of the Hill
THE FOLLOWING PASSAGE reflects the feelings of Ulysses S. Grant during his first engagement in the Civil War. During the run up to the engagement, Grant thought about the Confederate enemy only from his own perspective, never really wondering how the...
Bailout over Normandy: A Flyboy's Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France
BAILOUT OVER NORMANDY A Flyboy's Adventures with the French Resistance and Other Escapades in Occupied France Ted Fahrenwald, Casemate Publishers, Havertown, PA, 2012, 286 pages, $29.95 A WORLD WAR II USAAF fighter pilot is shot down...
Coalitions of Convenience: United States Interventions after the Cold War
COALITIONS OF CONVENIENCE: United States Interventions after the Cold War Sarah E. Kreps, Oxford University Press, New York, 2011, 240 pages, $27.95 SARAH KREPS, ASSISTANT professor of Government at Cornell University and former Air Force...
Early Mistakes with Security Forces Advisory Teams in Afghanistan
IN MID-2011, THE commander-in-chief announced the withdrawal of combat troops in Afghanistan by 2014. Overnight, the security forces advisory team (SFAT), rather than the brigade combat team (BCT), became the focal point of the war effort. Senior level...
Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II
FREEDOM'S FORGE How American Business Produced Victory in World War II Arthur Herman, Random House, New York, 2012, 413 pages, $28.00 RATHER THAN A straightforward history, Arthur Herman's Freedom's Forge is more a dual biography. It...
Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran
GOING TO TEHRAN Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, Metropolitan Books, New York, 2012, 389 pages, $28.00 WHAT IS THE United States going to do about...
Hitler
HITLER A.N. Wilson, Basic Books, New York, 2012, 200 pages, $24.99 A.N. WILSON'S HITLER is a nonscholarly account about Adolf Hitler and how Hitler, who lacked any interest in politics, could coerce a country and later become chancellor of...
Improving the Leader Development Experience in Army Units
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army or Department of Defense. THE ALL-VOLUNTEER ARMY will draw down by nearly 15 percent over the next four...
Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia
INVENTING THE ENEMY Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia Wendy Z. Goldman, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2011, 336 pages, $29.99 WENDY Z. GOLDMAN has a reputation as an authority on family and gender issues as well...
Kevlar Legions: The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1989-2005
KEVLAR LEGIONS The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1989-2005 John Sloan Brown, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, DC, 2011, 558 pages, $50.00 THE LAST DECADE of war has forced the U.S. Army to adjust and "transform"...
King No More
AS WORLD WAR II progressed, tens of thousands of tons of artillery munitions were fired on enemy positions in both the European and Pacific theaters of operation. (1) The quintessential armored officer General George S. Patton depended upon his artillery...
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942
PACIFIC CRUCIBLE War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 Ian W. Toll, W.W. Norton & Co., New York, 2011, 597 pages, $35.00 THE TITLE, PACIFIC Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942, implies that Ian W. Toll wrote an analytic narrative...
Professionalism and the Officer Personnel Management System
GENERAL WILLIAM C. Westmoreland served as chief of staff of the U.S. Army from July 1968 to June 1972, one of the most turbulent eras in the service's history. Safe passage through this era's Vietnam storm required the utmost in professionalism from...
Promoting Critical Thought: A Response to the Center of Army Leadership's Rebuttal to "Empirically Based Leadership"
THE MOST VALUABLE lesson I learned from my time at the Intermediate Leadership Education (ILE) course is the importance of consistently applying critical thought, especially as it relates to evaluating our own behavior as leaders. This essential skill...
Purpose in Mission Design: Understanding the Four Kinds of Operational Approach
IF "THE FIRST, the supreme, most far reaching act of judgment that statesmen and commanders must make is to establish," as Clausewitz put it, "the kind of war on which they are embarking, neither mistaking it for, nor trying to turn it into, something...
The Business of War: Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe
THE BUSINESS OF WAR Military Enterprise and Military Revolution in Early Modern Europe David Parrott, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2012, 430 pages, $27.99 ONE OF THE legacies of our unhappy experience in Iraq is an ongoing debate...
The Devil's Causeway: The True Story of America's First Prisoners of War in the Philippines, and the Heroic Expedition Sent to Their Rescue
THE DEVIL'S CAUSEWAY: The True Story of America's First Prisoners of War in the Philippines, and the Heroic Expedition Sent to Their Rescue, Matthew Westfall, Lyons Press, Guilford, CT, 2012, 402 pages, $26.95 AS THE STUDY...
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic
THE GHOSTS OF CANNAE Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic Robert L. O'Connell, Random House, New York, 2011, 310 pages, $17.00 THE FIRST QUESTION a reviewer should ask when reading this book is: Why another book about...
The Human Shield in Islamic Jurisprudence
This article contains the author's personal views and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, or its components. The outcome of the IDF operation was harsh: The goal of eliminating Salah Shehade...
The Imaginary Army Ethic: A Call for Articulating a Real Foundation for Our Profession
ALMOST EVERYONE IS familiar with the story of the "Emperor's New Clothes." The Emperor is tricked into believing he has the finest suit of clothes made from a fabric that is invisible to those who are either unfit for their positions or hopelessly...
The Non-Neutrality of Technology: Pitfalls of Network-Enabled Operations
"Light'em all up!" was the headline on the front page of a prestigious Dutch newspaper. A still from leaked video footage taken from a U.S. attack helicopter in Iraq accompanied the story. (1) These sorts of newspaper headlines appear after tragic...
The Rational Believer: Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan
THE RATIONAL BELIEVER Choices and Decisions in the Madrasas of Pakistan Masooda Bano, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, 2012, 250 pages, $39.95 FOR THOSE WHO believe the madrasas (Islamic schools) of Pakistan are the seeding...
The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran
THE TWILIGHT WAR The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran David Crist, The Penguin Press, New York, 2012, 623 pages, $36.00 THE TWILIGHT WAR is a detailed history of the relationship between the United States and...
To Make Army PME Distance Learning Work, Make It Social
ARMY DISTANCE LEARNING (dL) for professional military education (PME) is not living up to its full potential. PME dL courses are seen as the poor relations of resident courses, and soldiers are counseled to avoid them if at all possible out of a belief...
Veterans on Trial: The Coming Court Battles over PTSD
VETERANS ON TRIAL The Coming Court Battles Over PTSD Barry R. Schaller, Potomac Books, Washington, DC, 2012, 288 pages, $29.95 BARRY R. SCHALLER'S Veterans on Trial uses court cases from the Vietnam War to predict the legal costs of America's...
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