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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 […]


Your Memory (and three other memory books)

To be able to remember many historical dates and details, to improve my reading apprehension and to help me learn Hebrew next year, I am developing my memory skills. I have started down this path a few times before over the last few years, and each time I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning steps but never […]


The Looming Tower

I picked up a copy of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Vintage) this weekend in Santa Fe. Started reading it just to fill in a few minutes, then couldn’t stop reading it. Apologies to all those who’s earlier recommendations of this book to me went unheeded […]