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Promised Land, Crusader State

I picked up a copy of Walter A. McDougall’s Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776 in 2007 at a used book store in DC’s Eastern Market. I read it this week because I wanted a quick review of the different ways that the US has dealt with the rest […]


The Yellow Wind

David Grossman’s The Yellow Wind: With a New Afterword by the Author is a series of short reports on life in the West Bank in the late 1980’s. The author is an Israeli novelist who spent seven weeks in the West Bank interviewing Palestinians and Israelis. I read the book on a break between histories […]


Thinking in Time

I learned about Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers by Richard E. Newstadt and Ernst R. May from AFSA’s recommended reading list when I started our book club last summer. I assume the text is still used in many college courses, because there are multiple copies available in several local used book […]


The Yom Kippur War

A self-confessed military history nerd at work lent me Walter J. Boyne’s The Yom Kippur War: And the Airlift Strike That Saved Israel. Contrasted against Oren’s work on the Six Day War, Boyne’s book provides much greater emphasis on the military equipment used, less information on Israeli politics, very little information on Egyptian and Syrian […]


Six Days of War

When I read Michael B. Oren’s Power, Faith and Fantasy (PF&F) in the fall of 2007, I never imagined I’d have such motivation to read his earlier work, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. What a gripping and humane military history. Oren is such a good writer […]