Thursday, December 27, 2007

Browse our e-journals

Browse online our collection of military and defense related journals from the United States and around the world in electronic format. If you don't see a title you're looking for in this list just search for it in our new Periodical Title Keyword search.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Best 10 books of 2007

The New York Times Sunday Book Review names the ten best books of 2007

Here are four titles from the list that are available from the CARL:

Tree of smoke The author of “Jesus’ Son” offers a soulful novel about the travails of a large cast of characters during the Vietnam War. (Fiction)

Imperial Life in the emerald city by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The nine : inside the world of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

The ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh : a woman in world history by Linda Colley

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

“Liberty For All” Lecture Series

Michael Lasser, musical scholar and radio host, will be speaking on “He Hated to Get Up in the Morning: Irving Berlin and the Songs of World War I” at the J.C. Nichols Auditorium, World War I National Museum in Kansas City at 10 AM, Saturday, 29 December.

Following this lecture in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium there will be a screening of the movie Joyeux Noel, a 2005 French film that depicts the 1914 Christmas Truce on the western front. Subtitled in English.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New at CARL - In the ruins of empire

In the ruins of empire : the Japanese surrender and the battle for postwar Asia by Ronald Spector

Spector follows up on Eagle Against the Sun, his account of the American struggle against the Japanese in World War II, with a chronicle of the aftermath of this crucial conflict. He tells the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out--or merely continued--in Asia after peace was proclaimed. Under occupation by the victorious Allies, this part of the world was plunged into new power struggles, or back into old feuds, that in some ways were worse than the war itself. International suspicions were still strong; die-hard Japanese officers plotted to prevent surrender; in Manchuria, Russian "liberators" looted, raped, and killed innocent civilians; in China a fratricidal rivalry continued between Chiang Kai-shek's regime and Mao's revolutionaries; and Southeast Asia and Korea became powderkegs, with Communists only one of several competing anticolonial factions.--From publisher description.

Related Audio: C-Span's After Words : Ronald Spector author of "In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia" interviewed by Steven Clemons.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Updated CRS Report on IEDs

Congressional Research Service Report for the Congress - Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan: Effects and Countermeasures November 21, 2007

Summary: Since October 2001, improvised explosive devices (IEDs, roadside bombs, and suicide car bombs) have been responsible for many of Publish Postthe combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.1 Vehicle-borne IEDs and car bombs are now used to strike police stations, markets, and mosques, killing local citizens as well as U.S. troops. U.S. forces counter the devices through utilizing intelligence sources, and by disrupting portions of the radio spectrum that insurgents use to trigger IEDs. Insurgents quickly adapt to countermeasures, and new, more sophisticated IEDs are increasingly being used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent trends show a decrease in the number of IED attacks in Iraq since June 2007, but an increase in the number of effective IED attacks in Afghanistan. Department of Defense (DOD) officials have also charged that Iran may be supplying new IED technology to insurgents in Iraq. There is growing concern that IEDs might eventually be used by other insurgents and terrorists worldwide.2 This report will be updated as events warrant.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Left of Boom series - Rick Atkinson

About this series:

From the Washington Post Website: "...staff writer Rick Atkinson describes the effort by the U.S. military to combat the improvised explosive devices used by insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2002 until now. Part one describes the effort through the summer of 2004.

The series is drawn from more than 140 interviews over the past six months with military and congressional officials, contractors, scientists and defense analysts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Washington and elsewhere. Most agreed to speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity. Ten senior officers or retired officers, each of them intimately involved in the effort to combat IEDs, were asked to review the findings for accuracy and security considerations."

Part 1 - Summer 2002 - Summer 2004 "The IED problem is getting out of control. We've got to stop the bleeding."

Part 2 - Summer 2004 - Summer 2005 "There was a two-year learning curve . . . and a lot of people died in those two years"

Part 3 - Spring 2005 - Summer 2006 "You can't armor your way out of this problem"

Part 4 - Spring 2006 - Summer 2007 "If you don't go after the network, you're never going to stop these guys. Never."

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Google Tools @ CARL

Check out our PPT slide presentation on Gogle Tools that can help you in your research, in staying abreast of current events and managing your daily information needs.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New at CARL - Wars of blood and faith

Check our holdings: Wars of blood and faith : the conflicts that will shape the twenty-first century

Summary: Bestselling author and strategist Peters confronts the crucial security issues of the modern era. He argues that the world has entered a violent, rather than ideological, period that will continue to be the source of ferocious rebellions, genocide, and global terrorism.

Related podcast:

Author Ralph Peters at the Pritzker Military Library - Strategist and author Ralph Peters returns to the library to discuss his new book, Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-First Century. Originally aired 11/29/07.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Embedded Media

Read online these Perspectives on Embedded Media: Selected Papers from the US Army War College "Executive Summary: Five USAWC resident student papers — Information Operations and the New Threat; The Media and National Security Decision Making; Embedded Media: Failed Test, or the Future of Military/Media Relations? ; Leveraging the Media: The Embedded Media Program in Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Embedding Success into the Military Media Relationship — review the successes and failures of the OEF/OIF Embedded Media Programs and provide recommendations and predictions of future difficulties with respect to evolving relationships between the media and the military."

Here are some recent titles by or about War Correspondents: In an instant : a family's journey of love, courage, and healing by Bob Woodruff

Blood brothers : among the soldiers of Ward 57

The military and the press : an uneasy truce

Journalists under fire : information war and journalistic practices

Killing the messenger : journalists at risk in modern warfare

Related podcast - University Channel presentation: " The Media as Junkyard Dog: One Journalist's Journey From Secret CIA Prisons to the Walter Reed Scandal"

Summary: "While the "War on Terror" and the debate about its constitutionality continues, concerns about the system of American democracy and its morality are at the center of our national life. As the link between the government and the American public, the media are responsible for informing American citizens about Federal policies and practices, and the government's actions and inactions...In this time of war, what role should the media play? Is there a conflict between legality, ethics, national security and defense? And what exactly does having freedom of the press really mean?"

Monday, November 26, 2007

New at CARL: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Check CARL Holdings: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
(this title also available at CARL as an audio book)
Summary: "The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy." They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship is due largely to the political influence of a loose coalition of individuals and organizations that actively work to shape U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. Mearsheimer and Walt provocatively contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East - in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest. The lobby's influence also affects America's relationship with important allies and increases dangers that all states face from global jihadist terror."--BOOK JACKET.
Related Podcast: University Channel - From Columbia University John J. Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Stephen M. Walt (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard) discuss their new publication `The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy`.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Center for Strategic Studies: Featured new pubs

Below are several recently featured publications by the Center of Strategic Studies, US Army War College including two top research papers in the USAWC Research Competition 1) Iraq: The Lessons of a Hard Place and 2) "Making Riflemen From MUD": Restoring The Army's Culture Of Irregular Warfare.

Collins Center Update Vol 9 Iss 4 (Fall 07)
  • Published:October 2007
  • Executive Summary:The Collins Center Update is a quarterly newsletter detailing the activities of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. Articles in this issue include: “The Sixth Annual Reserve Component Symposium”, “Linking Strategic Mission Command to Operational Battle Command”, “Education for Transatlantic Security”, “The Role of Armed Forces in the War on Terror” and “Transformation Efforts of the Moldovan Armed Forces.” View Publication

Threats at Our Threshold
  • Published: October 2007
  • Author(s): Professor Bert B. Tussing
  • Executive Summary: The terrible wake-up call of 9/11 brought homeland security and homeland defense into full focus for a nation ill-prepared for the threat of transnational terrorism. Our nation has done much to meet that threat, yet much more still needs to be done. Balancing security concerns against those of individual liberties, ensuring parallel commitments to law enforcement and defense remain complementary but distinct, are just two of the issues of concern. In this spirit, the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership partnered with The George Washington University, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Heritage Foundation to conduct the first annual Homeland Defense/Homeland Security conference. The conference was an ambitious endeavor, designed to draw on a cross-section of experience from the partner institutions, their supporters, and their audiences in addressing the issues at hand. This volume is a reflection of those discussions. View Publication
  • "Making Riflemen From MUD": Restoring The Army's Culture Of Irregular Warfare
    • Published: July 2007
    • Author(s): LTC James D. Campbell, PhD, U.S. Army National Guard
    • Executive Summary: Nearly 300 years of American military tradition, from the colonial period until 1941, created a deeply engrained facility with unconventional warfare. Since World From the Pequot War in 1637, to the Seminole Wars in the early nineteenth century, the Apache campaigns after the Civil War, and in twentieth century small wars from the Philippines to Vietnam, the mandate for human intelligence has been a key component of unconventional warfare. Since World War Two, the wider military has lost this expertise and comfort with unconventional operations, with the Special Operations community taking on the sole proprietorship of this role. The top research paper in the USAWC Research Competition captures the experience, and lessons, of fighting on the western plains after the Civil War, and the creation of the Philippine Scouts at the beginning of the twentieth century. This was named top research paper in this year's USAWC Research Competition. View Publication
    Beyond Iraq: The Lessons of a Hard Place
    • Published: July 2007
    • Author(s): Mr. Anton K. Smith, U.S. Department of State
    • Executive Summary: The global jihadist insurgency is undercutting the modern states system. Rebalancing focus on the instruments of national power is key to containing and shaping instability in the Middle East. The author calls for better understanding of the cultural and historical differences between the West and the rest of the world; understanding the primacy of economic development over political process; and alliances with regional states. This is a USAWC award-winning student paper. This paper received The Military Order of the World Wars Writing Award. View Publication

Monday, November 19, 2007

Military Policy Awareness Links

Do you subscribe to Military Policy Awareness Links (MiPALs)?

MiPALs are published by the National Defense University (NDU) Library as a current awareness service. Their objective is to provide access to key U.S. policy statements on the country or topic of the MiPAL.

While MiPALs emphasize U.S. military policy, each MiPAL includes resources analyzing the topic from governmental and non-governmental sources, including think tanks and scholarly journals. All documents are available full-text on the internet. Some may be available only through commercial databases; these are clearly identified.

Track updates to the MiPALs by using the “Rich Site Summary (RSS)

Available MiPALs:

AfghanistanCentral AsiaChinaColombiaHaitiIndiaIran North KoreaPakistanRussiaSaudi ArabiaSyria Homeland Security National Security StrategyTerrorism TransformationWeapons of Mass Destruction

Regional Policy Overviews:

Africa East Asia & the PacificEurope & EurasiaNear East & North AfricaSouth & Central AsiaWestern Hemisphere

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Brownbag topic today: Google Scholar

Our brownbag today will be held at 1200 in the Library Learning Center. The topic is How to access the CARL's fulltext resources via Google Scholar. You can view below our handout for this session.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Threat of Bioterrorism

Browse these CARL titles related to the subject of Bioterrorism

Listen to this Princeton University Channel podcast: The Threat of Bioterrorism: Private Sector Coordination with Governments

"There are deep flaws in the structure of global regimes designed to control access to WMD technology and sharp disagreement among major powers over the use of sanctions and military force to address potential threats. Often overlooked is the role of the private sector in issues surrounding WMD proliferation and responding to the threat of bioterrorism. Distinguished leaders from business and the United States government join Columbia and EWI experts to explore how the private sector can collaborate with governments in devising an effective response to these threats."

Speakers: Dr. Mark Chandler, Chairman and CEO, Biophysical; Brandon D. Declet , Counsel to the US House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security; Stuart Gottlieb, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Dr. Greg Austin, Vice President at the East-West Institute and Director of EWI's Global Security Program and Policy Innovation.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Military podcasts

Try subscribing to these podcasts covering contemporary as well as historical military topics. If you'd rather not subscribe but simply listen to a few audios from time to time remember you can listen to these MP3 files on your desktop. Thanks to the Marine Corps Library for compiling this list.

Pritzker Military Library: Military History

Military History Podcast

Military Podcasts for the Military

USMC Podcasts


Air Force Podcasts

Friday, November 9, 2007

CARL OpenSearch Plug-Ins

If you're using Firefox 2.0 or Internet Explorer 7.0 you're probably familiar with the small browser window in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. The default search engine is either Google or Yahoo.

In addition to these you can now add CARL research tools to your array of ready search engines on your IE 7 or Firefox 2.0 browser. On this Web page just hit the drop-down menu next to the search box in your browser window and you can add our CARL Catalog, CARL Digital Library, Praeger Security International or JSTOR search engines to your Firefox or IE 7 browser. This will allow you to search our library resources directly from your browser's search box.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Iran Military Policy

Browse these titles available at CARL related to Iranian military policy.

Pritzker Military Library Podcast: Topic: Iran : the next military frontier?

"The Sept. 2007 visit of Iran's president, Dr. Ahmadinejad, to the United States has brought U.S. relations with Iran into sharp focus. Iran's relationship with Iraq and role in the Middle East is complex. What role is Iran playing in the war on terror and in the U.S. role in Iraq? Does Iran's apparent supplying of weapons to Iraqi insurgents justify calls for action against that country? Join John Callaway and guests: Danny Postel, Ahmad Sadri, and Richard S. Williamson."

Friday, November 2, 2007

Popular bestsellers and new titles at CARL in October

Most popular bestsellers at CARL - Oct 2007
Fiasco the American military adventure in Iraq
Finding Noel
Making money a novel of Discworld
almost moon a novel
Clapton the autobiography
ice cold grave
Shadow of the Silk Road
Deceptively delicious simple secrets to get your kids eating good foods
The Afghan
Most popular new book titles at CARL - Oct 2007
day of battle the war in Sicily and Italy 1943 1944
Twelve great clashes that shaped modern America from Geronimo to George W Bush
Ulysses S Grant 1861 1864 his rise from obscurity to military greatness
Exit Rommel the Tunisian campaign 1942 1943
Invading Mexico Americas continental dream and the Mexican War 1846 1848
Mugged by reality the liberation of Iraq and the failure of good intentions
Charm offensive how Chinas soft power is transforming the world
Battalion of the damned the 1st Marine paratroopers at Gavutu and Bloody Ridge 1942
Wolf of the deep Raphael Semmes and the notorious Confederate raider CSS Alabama
United States Special Operations Forces

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

House to House by David Bellavia

Check our book holdings of House to House: an epic memoir of war by SSG David Bellavia

This work also available as an audio book.

Description: "On the night of November 10, 2004, a U.S. Army infantry squad under Staff Sergeant David Bellavia entered the heart of the city of Fallujah and plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms.

With Third Platoon, Alpha Company, part of the Army's Task Force 2/2, Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, rigging entire city blocks as explosives-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on atropine, a steroid that pumps up fighters in the equivalent of a long-lasting crack high. Entering one house, alone, Bellavia faced the fight of his life against six insurgents, using every weapon at his disposal, including a knife. It is the stuff of legend and the chief reason he is one of the great heroes of the Iraq War.

Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, House to House is far more than just another war story. Populated by an indelibly drawn cast of characters, from a fearless corporal who happens to be a Bush-hating liberal to an inspirational sergeant-major who became the author's own lost father figure, it develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire. Their friendships, tested in brutal combat, would never be quite the same. Not all of them would make it out of the city alive. What happened to them in their bloody embrace with America's most implacable enemy is a harrowing, unforgettable story of triumph, tragedy, and the resiliency of the human spirit."

Book Excerpt: Last Mission before Fallujah

Watch this BookTV webcast of the author SSG David Bellavia describing his book House to House.

Related article: Into the Hot Zone by Michael Ware

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Post-traumatic stress disorder

The CARL has added a number of new items relating to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD including the The Veteran's PTSD Handbook just published this year.

To browse some of our other materials relating to PTSD just click on this link.

Learn more - PTSD in the news

Monday, October 29, 2007

New at CARL: The day of battle by Rick Atkinson

The day of battle : the war in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson

"In the second volume of his epic trilogy about the liberation of Europe in World War II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the harrowing story of the campaigns in Sicily and Italy. In An Army at Dawn—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.

The Italian campaign’s outcome was never certain; in fact, Roosevelt, Churchill, and their military advisers engaged in heated debate about whether an invasion of the so-called soft underbelly of Europe was even a good idea. But once under way, the commitment to liberate Italy from the Nazis never wavered, despite the agonizingly high price. The battles at Salerno, Anzio, and Monte Cassino were particularly difficult and lethal, yet as the months passed, the Allied forces continued to drive the Germans up the Italian peninsula. Led by Lieutenant General Mark Clark, one of the war’s most complex and controversial commanders, American officers and soldiers became increasingly determined and proficient. And with the liberation of Rome in June 1944, ultimate victory at last began to seem inevitable.

Drawing on a wide array of primary source material, written with great drama and flair, this is narrative history of the first rank. With The Day of Battle, Atkinson has once again given us the definitive account of one of history’s most compelling military campaigns."

Related Podcast - Rick Atkinson discusses his new book in this Pritzker Military Library program. Listen. (~1 hour 20 minutes)

Also by Rick Atkinson: An Army at Dawn (1st volume of his Liberation trilogy) , In the company of soldiers : a chronicle of combat , The Long Gray Line

Friday, October 26, 2007

The nine : inside the secret world of the Supreme Court

Check our holdings at CARL - The nine : inside the secret world of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

"Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Court through personalities - from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas's well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd nineteenth-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore - and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office."

Book TV C-Span broadcast - Jeffrey Toobin discusses his new book "The Nine"

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The age of turbulence : adventures in a new world

Check our holdings - The age of turbulence : adventures in a new world by Alan Greenspan

A memoir by the longtime chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Alan Greenspan, in his own words by Mark Trumbull, Christian Sceince Monitor

Monday, October 22, 2007

New at the CARL: Library of Congress World War II companion

Library of Congress World War II companion

About this title: "Going far beyond accounts of the major battles, The Library of Congress World War II Companion examines, in a unique and engaging manner, this devastating conflict, its causes, conduct, and aftermath. It considers the politics that shaped the involvement of the major combatants; military leadership and the characteristics of major Allied and Axis armed services; the weaponry that resulted in the war's unprecedented destruction, as well as debates over the use of these weapons; the roles of resistance groups and underground fighters; war crimes; daily life during wartime; the uses of propaganda; and much more.

Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the institution that has been called "America's Memory," The Library of Congress World War II Companion includes excerpts from contemporary letters, journals, pamphlets, and other documents, as well as first-person accounts recorded by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The text is complemented by more than 150 illustrations. Organized into topical chapters (such as "The Media War," "War Crimes and the Holocaust," and two chapters on "Military Operations" that cover the important battles), the book also include readers to navigate through the rich store of information in these pages. Filled with facts and figures, information about unusual aspects of the war, and moving personal accounts, this remarkable volume will be indispensable to anyone who wishes to understand the World War II era and its continuing reverberations."

Thursday, October 18, 2007

2007 National Book Award Finalists - Fiction

Here are the recently announced finalists in fiction for the National Book Award

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New at CARL: Carlisle vs. Army

Check our holdings at CARL- Carlisle vs. Army : Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the forgotten story of football's greatest battle.

Book summary: "An epic story of how the Carlisle Indians battled the West Point Cadets, this riveting tale of football brings together three of the most legendary figures ever to play the game: Carlisle head coach Pop Warner, Jim Thorpe, and DwightEisenhower."

Gridiron Guts: The Story of Football's Carlisle Indians - NPR article and audio

Monday, October 15, 2007

At a U.S. Army Base, officers split over war

The following article by Elizabeth Bumiller appeared in the Oct 13th, 2006 issue of the International Herald Tribune:

At a U.S. Army Base, officers split over warFORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas: Here in this Western outpost that serves as the intellectual center of the U.S. Army, two elite officers were deep in debate at lunch on a recent day over who bore more responsibility for mistakes in Iraq - the former defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, or the generals who acquiesced to him. Read rest of this article

See also this related article by LTC Paul Yingling: "A Failure in Generalship," written last May for Armed Forces Journal.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The coldest winter : America and the Korean War

Check our holdings at CARL - The coldest winter : America and the Korean War by David Halberstam

"Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam give us a narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu River, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides portraits of all the major figures, including Truman and Eisenhower; Kim Il Sung and Mao Zedong; and General MacArthur."

Coming next week - BookTV Panel discussion on The Coldest Winter

New York Book Review: The forgotten war that set a pattern for years to come

Thursday, October 11, 2007

2007 National Book Award Finalists - Nonfiction

Here are the newly announced 2007 finalists for the National Book Award - Nonfiction

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War

Check the CARL holdings of this title: Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence

About the book: "In this gripping chronicle of America's struggle for independence, award-winning historian John Ferling transports readers to the grim realities of that war, capturing an eight-year conflict filled with heroism, suffering, cowardice, betrayal, and fierce dedication. As Ferling demonstrates, it was a war that America came much closer to losing than is now usually remembered. General George Washington put it best when he said that the American victory was "little short of a standing miracle." Almost a Miracle offers an illuminating portrait of America's triumph, offering vivid descriptions of all the major engagements, from the first shots fired on Lexington Green to the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, revealing how these battles often hinged on intangibles such as leadership under fire, heroism, good fortune, blunders, tenacity, and surprise. "

Pritzker Military Library: Interview of John Ferling

Sunday, October 7, 2007

New at the CARL- Black Swan: the impact of the highly improbable

Summary: "A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives." - From the book jacket

Friday, October 5, 2007

World War IV : the long struggle against Islamofascism

Coming soon to CARL: World War IV : the long struggle against Islamofascism by Norman Podhoretz

A leading conservative thinker discusses the war against the global terrorist network, arguing that this is a legitimate and essential battle while defending the Bush administration's policies, and examines the threat of Islamic extremists to world peace.

Related podcast: C-Span interview of the author from About the interview "

Norman Podhoretz argues that the "war against Islamofascism" currently being waged by the Bush administration is as important for our country to engage in as World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. He defends the Bush administration's dual policies of preemption and democratization and says that past presidents of both parties have failed to recognize the importance of going on the offensive in the battle against Islamic extremism. "


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