Book Reviews

Samantha Power Revisits Yale

Written by: Samantha Larkin By one o’clock, a dozen students had already taken the most coveted seats in Yale Law School’s Levinson Hall. Soon to be joined by community members and faculty, the spectators engaged in […]

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Review: “Democracy and Dissent”

Written by Mary Orsak On April 6, over 50 students and alumni protested University President Peter Salovey during his speech honoring 50 years of Asian American Student Alliance. This protest followed the withdrawal of 13 professors […]

A Contrarian’s Life in Words: The Autobiography of Maria Eugenia in ...

Written by Andrew Song Maria Eugenia’s narrative of her experience as a M-19 guerrillera is not a story about military conflict and guerilla strategy. Rather, “My Life as a Colombian Revolutionary” is an autobiography that describes […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Refugees”

Written by Chase Finney Viet Thanh Nguyen (pronounced “Viet Tang When”) set a high standard for himself after his first novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. Fortunately, his first short story collection The […]

Lawrence Freedman’s “Ukraine and the Art of Strategy”

Written by Henry Suckow-Ziemer Vladimir Putin is a name that likely conjures a number of images to mind for U.S. citizens. The bare-chested strongman who swept Crimea out from under the nose of Ukraine. Or, perhaps, […]

Review of the Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between

Written by Juanita Garcia In the Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between, author Hisham Matar chronicles his quest for and reconciliation of his Libyan identity as told through his crusade to unearth the details […]

Review: On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

John Lewis Gaddis’ most recent book certainly puts the ‘grand’ in Grand Strategy. It spans roughly 2,500 years of history and draws upon the works and deeds of individuals ranging from writers to statesmen to theologians […]

Book Review: The Diffusion of Military Power by Michael C. Horowitz

Summary In his book ‘The Diffusion of Military Power” Michael C. Horowitz presents an adoption-capacity theory that seeks to explain when and how states successfully adopt military technology and the adopted technology’s effect on international politics. […]

Review: The Future of War: A History

Sir Lawrence Freedman seems to be intent to write history books on subjects usually considered to be outside of the scope of the discipline. His recent book The Future of War: A History, exemplifies this tendency […]

The Sword Also Means Cleanness

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East. By Scott Anderson. Doubleday, 2013, 592 pp. $28.95. It begins with his eyes, “light blue and piercingly intense.” The eyes are […]

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