Book Reviews

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 […]

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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 […]

Review: China Airborne by James Fallows

With a recent glut of books from political commentators attempting to explore the modern Chinese economy, China Airborne by James Fallows stands out for its unique industry-specific focus. James Fallows, a clear aviation buff and a correspondent […]

Review: Why Nations Fail

To forgo reading Why Nations Fail – a weighty but intensely engaging investigation of the determinants of economic prosperity – is, it seems, to risk being left out of the conversation of the day on political […]

Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The question “who is to be blamed” wafts uneasily through the entire tapestry of Changez’s tale. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, leaves the reader disturbed and questioning. Why does Changez adopt the rabid path that […]

Review: The Quest, But Are We Headed for Failure?

Daniel Yergin’s The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World[1] is his eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Prize, his 1992 Pulitzer-Prize winning account of the rise of the oil industry. Yergin largely justifies […]

Review: Nationalism Reframed by Rogers Brubaker

In Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the New Europe, Rogers Brubaker studies the causes, characteristics, and effects of twentieth century nationalism in Europe and Central Asia. Drawing on geographies with frequently remodeled boundaries, […]

Review: Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety

Gideon Rachman’s Zero-Sum Future: American Power in an Age of Anxiety is a revealing account of the past progress and new challenges facing international politics, but it strains to justify its foreboding title. Rachman argues that […]

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