Thursday, May 31, 2007

New documentaries at the CARL this month.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New at CARL - AWOL : the unexcused absence of America's upper classes from the military

Check our holdings: AWOL : the unexcused absence of America's upper classes from the military by Frank Schaeffer and Kathy Roth-Douquet

Excerpt from book jacket description: "As Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer assert in this work, there is a glaring disconnect between the "all volunteer military" and the rest of us. And as that gap between the cultural "elite" and military rank-and-file widens, our country faces a dangerous lack of understanding between those in power and those who defend our way of life."

Book review by Walter Brueggeman

About the author Kathy Roth-Douquet

Saturday, May 26, 2007

New Google Gadget: Search military and defense related blogs

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Friday, May 25, 2007

2007 William E. Colby Military History Awards

The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium honors fiction and non-fiction writers for stories in military history and intelligence operations. The 2007 awardees were Jon Glusman for "Conduct under Fire" and Ian Toll for his epic "Six frigates : the epic history of the founding of the U.S. Navy."

Find at the CARL: Six Frigates

Six Frigates - Book description excerpt: "Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders—particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams—debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once. How much of a navy would suffice? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliffhanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and a narrative flair worthy of Patrick O'Brian. "

Related Podcast: Pritzker Military Library Podcast from May 2007 - interview with author Ian Toll on his new book "Six Frigates"

Thursday, May 24, 2007

New NetLibrary Downloadable Audio Books - May 2007

Did you know you can download audiobook titles directly to your desktop, or transfer them to portable devices for audio on the go? Audiobooks available through NetLibrary can be downloaded or played on any desktop, laptop or portable device supporting Windows Media Player (v9), Music Match (v8.2+), or Nullsoft Winamp 5.

Never tried this before? View Audio Book Demo

Here's a list of new NetLibrary downloadable AudioBooks - Fiction. Click on any of the links to our catalog below to learn more about each title.

NonFiction

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The woman who created Iraq - Gertrude Bell

Coming soon to the CARL: GERTRUDE Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell

Book description excerpt : "She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due. She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq. Born in 1868 into a world of privilege, Bell turned her back on Victorian society, choosing to read history at Oxford and going on to become an archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author (of Persian Pictures, The Desert and the Sown, and many other collections), poet, photographer, and legendary mountaineer (she took off her skirt and climbed the Alps in her underclothes)." Full description.

Related podcast: Listen to this Australian Broadcasting Corporation interview of the author Georgina Howell about her new book from January 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

Africa and US Defense Policy

In February 2007, President Bush announced the creation of a unified military command for Africa. The Pentagon and many military analysts argue the continent’s growing strategic importance necessitates a dedicated regional command. Want to learn more about this topic?

Full text reports and theses related to US defense policy in Africa.

Related podcast: click on this link to go to a Center for Foreign Relations website offering an audiocast of an interview with Rear Admiral Robert Moeller and Ambassador Robert Loftis on the creation of the new US military unified command for Africa.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Veteran's History Project: Asian Pacific Americans Experiencing War

"The Library of Congress Veterans History Project, a program of the American Folklife Center, will celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month throughout May. Eight fully digitized collections of Asian Pacific American veterans were added to the "Experiencing War" Web series on May 1. The new series includes eight stories from World War II and the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq Wars, with special emphasis on the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the "Go for Broke" outfit of Japanese-Americans who fought valiantly in Europe during World War II. Learn more.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Soldier wins Blooker Prize

Find My War by Colby Buzzell in the CARL catalog

An American soldier's violent and darkly comic account of fighting in Iraq has won the "Blooker prize" for best book that began as a blog on the Internet. Colby Buzzell penned an Internet diary that eventually became the book My War. He began posting his experiences online from an Internet tent as a way to "kill time" while he was serving in the Sunni triangle. His book "My War" won the second annual $10,000 prize sponsored by publishing Web site Lulu.com.

In the news: Service members blogs now under tighter control

Excerpt: "The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer, Wired News has learned. The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction on troops' online activities since the start of the Iraq war. And it could mean the end of military blogs, observers say."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Military Law and the War on Terror

Browse these titles in our catalog related to detainee operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

CNN report: Released Gitmo detainees go back to fighting

Related podcast: Pritzker Military Library podcast from 3 May 2007 - The War of Law: The Balance of International Law, Military Law, and Constitutional Law in the War on Terror. A Panel Discussion.

Pritzker Description excerpt: "As American troops battle in Afghanistan and Iraq in the War on Terror, attorneys, judges and politicians engage in what might be called The War of Law as they consider, litigate and help determine the fate of those captured and detained, in and out of uniform. What constitutes torture, who has access to counsel or trial - and under what jurisdiction?" Full description

Friday, May 11, 2007

Database of the week: Proquest Military Module


Search periodicals on military subjects such as defense, aeronautics, special forces and naval and military history, and other military issues in the ProQuest Military Module brought to you by the Combined Arms Research Library.
Select this link to view and browse thru titles of journals and magazines available here in the Proquest Military Module. Titles include Air & Space Power Journal, Armor, C4I News, Civil War History, Defence Studies, Journal of Military History, Leatherneck, RUSI Journal, Special Forces and many more...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Coming soon to the CARL: Walter Murphy on Constitutional democracy

Book description excerpt (provided by publisher): Constitutional democracy is a political hybrid, the product of an uneasy union between, on the one hand, the normative theories of constitutionalism and democracy and, on the other, the desire to live under what James Madison called "free government." In this engaging and provocative work, Walter F. Murphy combines a lifetime's study of constitutions and democracy with traditional storytelling to answer fundamental questions about constitutional democracy: How is it created? How is it maintained? How can it be adapted to changing circumstances? Full description

About the author: Walter F. Murphy is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Princeton University and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.

Related podcast: Walter Murphy on his book, `Constitutional Democracy: Creating and Maintaining a Just Political Order`. Also, a panel discussion including: Sotirios A. Barber, Mark E. Brandon, James E. Fleming, Jeffrey K. Tulis, Keith E. Whittington. Click here

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Best audio books 2006

These three downloadable audio books were named among the best audio books of 2006 by the reviewers of Library Journal. Select the links below to our online catalog records.

"Deaver's novel about quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and partner Amelia Sachs and their search for a serial killer has "fascinating plot twists and intense suspense."

"Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Award– winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as “spellbinding” by Time magazine. In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell once again, giving us a fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower’s arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip’s War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today."

In this work, Tobin examines the Pope and the papacy, beginning with a brief history and ending with a profile of Benedict, pointing out that he has inherited a tremendous legacy, as well as an enormous responsibility. (LJ 11/15/06)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Check out the CARL Holdings: Prime Green by Robert Stone

From the Book Jacket: "From the New York City of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz era of New Orleans's French Quarter to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California, Prime Green explores the 1960s in all its weird, innocent, fascinating glory. An account framed by two wars, it begins with Robert Stone's last year in the Navy, when he took part in an Antarctic expedition navigating the globe, and ends in Vietnam, where he was a correspondent in the days following the invasion of Laos. Told in scintillating detail, Prime Green zips from coast to coast, from days spent in the raucous offices of Manhattan tabloids to the breathtaking beaches of Mexico, and merry times aboard the bus with Kesey and the Pranksters." "Building on personal vignettes from Stone's travels across America, this powerful memoir offers the legendary novelist's inside perspective on a time many understand only peripherally. These accounts of the 1960s are riveting not only because Stone is a master storyteller but because he was there, in the thick of it, through all the wild times. From these incredible experiences, Prime Green forges a moving and adventurous portrait of a unique moment in American history."

Related podcast:

KCRW's Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt: Interview with author Robert Stone (MP3 format)

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Thursday, May 3, 2007

An oral history of the Iraq War by Trish Wood

Check the CARL catalog for our holdings of: What was asked of us : an oral history of the Iraq War by the soldiers who fought it by Trish Wood

Exerpt of book review published in ePluribus Media: "In What Was Asked of Us, author and award-winning investigative reporter Trish Wood lets 29 young men and women who fought in and returned from the Iraq War speak without anyone spinning, packaging, cherry-picking, or pre-digesting their words. Some of the voices are convinced of America's rightness to be in Iraq; others are less sure. Some are angry; some feel guilt. And chillingly, others admit to missing the adrenaline rush of the fire fights, the "fun" of posing dead bodies for photographs--and even the killing." Read full review

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

New downloadable audio books from netLibrary

New downloadable audio books this month from NetLibrary

Did you know you can download audiobook titles directly to your desktop, or transfer them to portable devices for audio on the go? Audiobooks available through NetLibrary can be downloaded or played on any desktop, laptop or portable device supporting Windows Media Player (v9), Music Match (v8.2+), or Nullsoft Winamp 5.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Einstein : his life and universe by Walter Isaacson

Check the CARL Catalog: Einstein : his life and universe by Walter Isaacson

Excerpt from book review by Jack Weigel (Library Journal)-
"Although the author appropriately makes Einstein's extraordinary scientific achievements the center of attention, he also covers his subject's complex and often painful familial relationships, his political interventions and comments, and his remarkable celebrity status (for a scientist) with the American public. Isaacson himself does not have a strong scientific background, but professional specialists in physics and mathematics assisted him effectively. This work, the first full biography of Einstein since all his papers have been made available, is well written and sensibly balanced in its treatment of the famed theoretical physicist, his family, and his friends. Certainly one of the best and most complete Einstein biographies thus far..."
Related Vodcast:

Watch this C-Span2 interview of the author discussing this latest book

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