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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 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 […]



A friend from Nuevo Laredo recommended Fred Burton’s Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent last fall, then a neighbor lent it to me last week. I started it yesterday afternoon and finished it tonight after work. This was an interesting, if melodramatic, look at the creation of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service’s (DSS) Counterterrorism […]


The Closing of the American Border

Last week a senior manager at work suggested that our book club read Edward Alden’s The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11. The manager had just finished reading it and thought it would be interesting and pertinent to us. I agree. It provided a very clear explanation of the responses […]