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Reckoning by Sandra Mackey
Reckoning by Sandra Mackey
The Reckoning rates as indispensable reading and study for all students, policy analysts and makers, military leaders, and anyone interested in Iraq's historical basis and future development. Mackey begins with the ancient history of Mesopotamia and quickly transitions through to contemporary policy. She includes an afterword written on Christmas Day of 2002, with the winds of war billowing from Washington. Her detailed account of Saddam's legacy and struggle provides valuable insight to anyone with an interest in the region. Although she prescribes no policy recommendations for the future of Iraq, her final words remain an issue the U.S. continues to struggle with today. "To what… Read more
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
Pressfield combines an accurate historical analysis with contemporary fiction to make a very readable novel. In addition, he weaves broader themes of leadership, the role of family, and selfless service into an action packed adventure featuring the selection of 300 Spartan warriors defending against the Persian army. His account should inspire anyone in the service of the nation to understand the importance of sacrificing for the collective good. In the spirit of Starship Troopers this novel inspired me to re-examine my own sense of service, and it motivated me to better understand the linkage between the volunteer stepping forward to fight, and the supportive family and nation… Read more
Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadersh&hellip by Eliot Cohen
Cohen's book on the nature of civil military relations provides timely analysis and debunks traditional perceptions of how civilian leaders should relate to the generals that work beneath them. One can look to the headlines and see some of the author's opinions underlying many of the current Defense Secretary's decisions. Rumsfeld's choices of successors to the leadership in the Army reflect Cohen's argument that the strong wartime civilian leaders have chosen the right generals, as with Lincoln, and they have also micromanaged much of the wartime effort that senior military leaders attempt to carry out. Cohen uses four case studies of wartime leaders to support his arguments: Lincoln,… Read more