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The Accidental Guerrilla

I had seen some pretty high-power reviews of David Kilcullen’s The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One start popping up, then a co-worker who’s acknowledged in the book’s Acknowledgements lent me her copy. Very, very interesting. For starters, this is a good description of the difference between counterterrorism and […]


The Bear and the Porcupine

In 2004, a consultant from SUNY who was working on legislative reform in Mexico City highly recommended Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow‘s recently-published The Bear and the Porcupine: The U.S. and Mexico. I started reading the book then, started reading it in Spanish in 2007 and finally actually read it this week. The same consultant spoke disparagingly […]


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 […]


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 authors of The Ugly American wrote a sequel called Sarkhan. The novel takes place in the same mythical country, although none of the characters from the first novel appear in this one. The novel is a espionage thriller and it’s very entertaining. Many of the themes from The Ugly American are present (diplomats must […]