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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 6, November-December

All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
ALL THE GREAT PRIZES: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt John Taliaferro, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2014, 688 pages, $35.00 This biography is where we learn of the extraordinary life of an extraordinary American. John Hay was...
Army Learning Concept 2015 Is under Way
Our enemies are always learning and adapting. They will not approach conflicts with conceptions or understanding similar to ours. And they will surprise us. --"The Joint Operating Environment 2010" n December 2012, the U.S. Army Training and...
A Spy among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
A SPY AMONG FRIENDS: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Ben Macintyre, Crown Publishers, New York, 2014, 358 pages, $27.00 Ben Macintyres book A Spy Among Friends recounts the story of Kim Philby, a British MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section...
Assurance in Europe: Why Relationships Matter
At the U.S. Army Europe's (USAREURs) 2014 Combined Training Conference in Oberammergau, Germany, Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr., commanding general, was asked how the United States was able to respond so quickly to the crisis in Ukraine. (1) His answer...
Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency
Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency Logan Beirne, Encounter Books, New York, 2013, $27.99, 420 pages In his thought-provoking book Blood of Tyrants: George Washington and the Forging of the Presidency, Logan...
Bringing Mobility to the Infantry Brigade Combat Team
The U.S. Army has a critical, yet largely unaddressed, capability gap. America's primary land force has reduced operations in Southwest Asia and the Middle East after more than a decade of diverse combat operations that ranged from a massed combined...
Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979
BROTHERS IN ARMS: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979 Andrew Mertha, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, 2014, 175 pages, $29.95 In the center of Cambodia is the former Democratic Kampuchea military airfield at Krang Leav. Built...
Command Conflicts in Grant's Overland Campaign: Ambition and Animosity in the Army of the Potomac
COMMAND CONFLICTS IN GRANT'S OVERLAND CAMPAIGN: Ambition and Animosity in the Army of the Potomac Diane Monroe Smith, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2013, 248 pages, $39.95 The Overland Campaign was the most brutal continuous...
D-Day in History and Memory: The Normandy Landings in International Remembrance and Commemoration
D-DAY IN HISTORY AND MEMORY: The Normandy Landings in International Remembrance and Commemoration Edited by Michael Dolski, Sam Edwards, and John Buckley, University of North Texas Press, Denton, Texas, 2014, 320 pages, $24.95 On 6 June 1994,...
Entanglement: Using Social Network Analysis for Military Justice Applications
his article takes part of its title from the quantum property of entanglement, a strange and perplexing feature of subatomic physics. After two particles have interacted, entanglement describes how the properties of one particle directly and simultaneously...
Fires of Hatred: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe
FIRES OF HATRED: Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth-Century Europe Norman M. Naimark, Harvard University Press, Boston, 2002, 256 pages, $26.50 Norman Naimarks Fires of Hatred; Ethnic Cleansing in Twentieth Century Europe is a comprehensive study...
From Above: War, Violence and Verticality
FROM ABOVE: War, Violence and Verticality Peter Adey, Mark Whitehead, and Alison J. Williams (Editors), Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2013, 356 pages, $35.00 With the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 on 8 March 2014, the...
Helping Humanity: American Policy and Genocide Rescue
HELPING HUMANITY: American Policy and Genocide Rescue Keith Pomakoy, Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland, 2011, 248 pages, $85.00 The United States is often criticized for not intervening as soon as a humanitarian crisis arises. In Helping Humanity:...
July Crisis: The Worlds Descent into War, Summer 1914
JULY CRISIS: The Worlds Descent into War, Summer 1914 TJ. Otte, Cambridge University Press, London, 2014, 530 pages, $29.99 Among diplomatic and military historians alike, the origins of the First World War have long stood out as a topic of special...
Leveraging the Power of Loyal Dissent in the U.S. Army
Loyal dissent is usually expressed as carefully thought-out, well-intentioned, usually verbal action designed to help an entire organization or a particular leader perform better and accomplish its mission more successfully. Loyal dissent presents...
Losing Our Way: The Disassociation of Reconnaissance and Security Organizations from Screen, Guard, and Cover Missions
The traditional mission set of cavalry included reconnaissance and security, while the related contemporary doctrine underscored the symbiotic relationship between information collection and the active security screen, guard, and cover missions. ...
Massacre in Norway: The 2011 Terror Attacks on Oslo & the Utoya Youth Camp
MASSACRE IN NORWAY: The 2011 Terror Attacks on Oslo & the Utoya Youth Camp Stian Bromark (Translated by Hon Khiam Leong), Potomac Books, Dulles, Virginia, 2014, 217 pages, $24.95 Massacre in Norway describes the 22 July 2011 car-bomb attack...
Military Review
Greetings! The year 2014 was exceptional for Military Review. We realized many of our goals as an organization and as a publication, finally attaining full staffing and incorporating most of the promised changes to the journal. Our most important improvement...
Night
NIGHT Elie Wiesel, Bantam Books, New York, 1982, 109 pages, $12.99 In his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel, a Romanian-born, Jewish-American, Holocaust survivor, professor, political activist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, details his eight-month...
No Shortage of Campfires: Keeping the Army Adaptable, Agile, and Innovative in the Austere Times
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as wellfor cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. Henry David Thoreau He never fired a shot in anger. (1) He never...
Operation Serval: Another Beau Geste of France in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Serval is the name of an African wild cat. Beau Geste is the title of a famous 1939 Hollywood movie about the French Foreign Legion in Africa, inspired by a British novel. The expression beau geste (beautiful gesture) suggests someone bravely doing...
Policing Wars: On Military Intervention in the Twenty-First Century
POLICING WARS: On Military Intervention in the Twenty-First Century Caroline Holmqvist, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke-Hampshire, England, 2014, 176 pages, $90.00 In Policing Wars, Caroline Holmqvist's print version of her doctrinal thesis,...
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda Romeo A. Dallaire and Brent Beardsley, Carroll & Graf, New York, 2004, 584 pages, $32.99 Atrocious crimes against humanity in Rwanda began in 1993 when organized groups of the...
Survivability, Sustainability, and Maneuverability: The Need for Joint Unity of Effort in Implementing the DOD Arctic Strategy at the Tactical and Operational Levels
As tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union developed in the years following World War II, United States military planners and strategists focused substantial effort and resources on the challenge of Arctic and cold weather warfare,...
The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO
THE ACCIDENTAL ADMIRAL: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO Adm. James Stavridis, U.S. Navy, Retired, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2014, 288 pages, $32.95 Adm. James Stavridis has written a very readable book that is part history and...
The Challenge of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Korean Peninsula
Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) create challenges for the U.S. Army that will not go away in the near term. It is apparent that the future operating environment will include a variety of state or nonstate actors that will seek to counter U.S. influence...
The Embattled Past: Reflections on Military History
THE EMBATTLED PAST: Reflections on Military History Edward M. Coffman, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 2014, 201 pages, $36.00 Award-winning historian Edward M. Coffman is one of our most distinguished American military scholars. In...
The German Aces Speak II: World War II through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffes Most Important Commanders
THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK II: World War II through the Eyes of Four More of the Luftwaffes Most Important Commanders Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis, Zenith Press, Minneapolis, 2014, 296 pages, $30.00 The German Aces Speak U is the second volume...
The Ghosts of Hero Street: How One Small Mexican-American Community Gave So Much in World War II and Korea
THE GHOSTS OF HERO STREET: How One Small Mexican-American Community Gave So Much in World War II and Korea Carlos Harrison, Berkley Publishing Group, New York, 2014, 326 pages, $26.95 During World War II and the Korean War, no street in the United...
The M1 Abrams: Today and Tomorrow
The main battle tank of the U.S. Army is under pressure due to critical scrutiny from numerous fronts questioning its relevance to the modern security environment. The M1 Abrams played a key role briefly in Operation Iraqi Freedom and rarely in Operation...
The Pen and the Sword: The New Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System-NCO 2020
After 12 years of war, a debate is emerging over the ability of the Army's noncommissioned officer (NCO) corps to adapt to the changing operational environment (OE). The future will require adept NCOs armed with increased knowledge and new skills....
The Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
THE REPUBLICAN ARMY IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, 1936-1939 Michael Alpert, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2013, 374 pages, $99.00 In 17 August 1936, a group led by Francisco Franco and other Nationalist officers launched...
The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed
THE ROAD TO WAR: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed Marvin Kalb, Brookings Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 2014, 287 pages, $29.95 In The Road to War Marvin Kalb describes how every president since Harry Truman has relied on presidential...
The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence, and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy
THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ'S FUTURE: How Corruption, Incompetence, and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy Zaid Al-Ali, Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut, 2014, 295 pages, $35.00 Was the U.S. intervention in and occupation of Iraq from...
The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014
THE WRONG ENEMY: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 Carlotta Gall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, 2014, 329 pages, $28.00 After more than 13 years of war at a cost of nearly a trillion dollars and over 2,300 U.S. soldiers killed in action,...
Two Faces of Critical Thinking for the Reflective Military Practitioner
...an object, event, or situation in human experience does not carry its own meaning; the meaning is conferred on it. --Herbert Blumer The quest to educate our military toward the goal of fostering critical thinkers is an obvious part of the...
War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love
WAR DOGS: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love Rebecca Frankel, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2014, 256 pages, $26.00 "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when 1 die I want to go where they went" --Will Rogers Dogs hold a special...
Wealth of an Empire: The Treasure Shipments That Saved Britain and the World
WEALTH OF AN EMPIRE: The Treasure Shipments that Saved Britain and the World Robert Switky, Potomac Books, Washington D.C., 2013, 247 pages, $29.95 Britain watched in fear as Germany slowly gobbled up Europe. The coming storm became the impetus...
What Lessons Did We Learn (or Re-Learn) about Military Advising after 9/11?
As military operations in Afghanistan continue to wind down in 2014, the U.S. military and international partner armed forces need to codify lessons learned on military advising from 9/11 to the present, with special emphasis on capturing insights...
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