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Friday, June 29, 2007

CGSC Staff and Faculty Publications

Weekly roundup for June 25-29 2007 of newly published CGSC staff and faculty writings.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

New at CARL: The occupation of Iraq : winning the war, losing the peace

Book description excerpted from Publisher's Weekly:
"Allawi, until recently a senior minister in the Iraqi government, provides an insider's account of the nascent Iraqi government following the American invasion. His scholarly yet immensely readable exposition of Iraqi society and politics will likely become the standard reference on post-9/11 Iraq. It convincingly blasts the Coalition Provisional Authority for failing to understand the simmering sectarian animosity and conflicting loyalties that led Iraq into chaos. Beginning during Saddam's reign, among the motley gang of liberal democrats, Islamists and Kurdish nationalists that formed the opposition-in-exile, of which Allawi was a prominent member, he chronicles the fortunes and aspirations of the political parties, personalities and interest groups that now are tearing Iraq apart."

Related podcasts: Allawi discusses the growth of the insurgency and explores the complex relationships among Sunnis, Shias and Kurds. He also discusses his blueprint for peace and reconstruction in Iraq in this University Channel podcast from February, 2007

Carnegie Council interview with the author Ali Allawi on 11 April 2007.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

2006 SAMS Monographs on counterinsurgency

2006 SAMS Monographs on counterinsurgency:

Here is a comprehensive list of COIN, irregular warfare unconventional warfare, low intensity conflict, small wars, peacekeeping operations, and urban operations monographs from the SAMS program going back from 2005 to 1985.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

JSTOR eJournals

JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. It began as an effort to ease the increasing problems faced by libraries seeking to provide adequate shelf space for the long runs of backfiles of scholarly journals. JSTOR is not a current issues database. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR. Below you'll find a sample of the disciplines you can get access to thru the CARL's JSTOR account. You can browse the journals from the subject collections below by clicking any of the links. Alternatively you can search for what you're looking for across all collections by accessing JSTOR directly via this link:

Monday, June 25, 2007

CARL Brownbag - RSS Feeds Tuesday, 12:00 PM Library Learning Center

The CARL will be offering a brownbag session in the library's learning center tomorrow 26 June from 1200-1300. The topic for tomorrow is : RSS feeds - how to plug into information that matters to you most

Description: Learn how to manage your information needs by harnessing the power of RSS. Want to learn how to have the latest journal articles on counterinsurgency or military history piped in automatically to you? We’ll demonstrate how to sign up for a free news aggregator and subscribe to RSS feeds of both personal and professional interest to you.

Presentation Agenda

CARL Digital Library Flash Movie

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Rethinking Insurgency by Steven Metz

"To be successful at counterinsurgency, the U.S. military and defense community must rethink insurgency. This has profound implications for American strategy and military doctrine." What are other people saying? Small Wars Journal Blog

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

New at CARL: Presidential courage : from George Washington to our time

Check the CARL catalog for holdings: Presidential Courage: from George Washington to our time by Michael Beschloss

Excerpt from book review published in NY Times 20 May 2007: "...if any book can be said to epitomize the genre of “presidential history,” “Presidential Courage” does, for in 36 short chapters it succinctly narrates nine episodes Beschloss deems appropriate examples of brave leadership by the executive, which he defines in the preface as presidents making “courageous decisions for the national interest, although they knew they might be jeopardizing their careers.” Full Review

Related podcast: Interview with the author Michael Beschloss on his new book Presidential Courage. C-Span After Words broadcast 3 Jun 2007.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Create your own WorldCat Lists

From the OCLC website:
WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world at once then locate it in a library nearest to you. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public.

WorldCat lists let you keep track of items (books, videos, DVDs) of interest that you've found on WorldCat and refer back to them whenever you want to. You can share your lists with friends and colleagues, too.

To create your own lists all you need to do is register with WorldCat which is free. Sign-up here.

Here are some ideas for lists you might want to build: movies I want to check out, books I recommend, preliminary sources to review, cited sources, books to read to my child, Living room decorating ideas

NYT Bestselling Nonfiction at CARL

See the complete New York Times Bestseller list for Nonfiction (17 Jun 2007)

Here are the top five
  1. The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan
  2. The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
  3. God is not Great by Christopher Higgins
  4. Einstein : his life and universe by Walter Isaacson
  5. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

New York Times Bestselling Fiction

See the complete New York Times Bestseller list for Fiction (17 Jun 2007)

Here are the top five :
  1. A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini
  2. The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton
  3. THE GOOD GUY by Dean Koontz
  4. FOR ONE MORE DAY by Mitch Albom
  5. THE OVERLOOK, by Michael Connelly

Saturday, June 16, 2007

See and hear veteran's stories

The Veteran's History Project of the Library of Congress was signed into law in October 2000 and is charged to capture first hand accounts of U.S. war veterans from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf war and Afghanistan and Iraq. It collects not only oral interviews but also memoirs, letters, diaries, photographs, and other original materials from veterans of these conflicts and makes them available online.

Learn more by visiting this Library of Congress Website.

Here is a link to several veteran's accounts that were selected by Library of Congress staff as among their favorites. Staff Favorites.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying

Fair play : the moral dilemmas of spying by James M. Olson

Book review excerpt (published in Library Journal): "This book's subtitle references a hot topic given the current nervous state of America. Olson agrees that espionage is vitally necessary but feels that the U.S. intelligence community needs realistic moral guidelines. After an introduction describing his undercover career—he is a 30-year veteran of CIA operational work—Olson reviews the philosophical and historical background of spying as well as U.S. attitudes toward such efforts. The bulk of his book is composed of 50 operational scenarios that require a moral judgment to proceed. Several commentators discuss the issues and why they would make certain decisions within the given parameters. "

Related podcast: Pritzker Military Library podcast which aired 24 May 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New at the CARL: Fighting suicide bombing : a worldwide campaign for life

Monday, June 11, 2007

Latest defense related e-pubs from GPO and elsewhere

The Government Printing Office published these titles within the last several weeks.

1. Waves of hope : the U.S. Navy's response to the tsunami in northern Indonesia by Bruce A. Elleman.

2. China's nuclear forces :operations, training, doctrine, command, control, and campaign planning by Larry M. Wortzel.

3. North Korea's military threat : Pyongyang's conventional forces, weapons of mass destruction, and ballistic missiles by Andrew Scobell and John M. Sanford.

Published recently by the Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth:

1. Flipside of the coin : Israel's Lebanese Incursion between 1982-2000 by Daniel Isaac Helmer.

Just released by the Strategic Studies Institute:

1. Rethinking Insurgency by Steven Metz

Summary: "To be successful at counterinsurgency, the U.S. military and defense community must rethink insurgency. This has profound implications for American strategy and military doctrine."

What are other people saying about "Rethinking Insurgency"? Small Wars Journal Blog

2. Roots of Terror Colloquium Brief by Corinna Johnson

3. Gauging U.S.-Indian strategic cooperation edited by Henry Sokolski.


Case Studies in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare

Friday, June 8, 2007

Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

Summary from the Book Jacket: "A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States."--BOOK JACKET"

Related Podcast: the author Lawrence Wright presents a lecture entitled Al Qaeda: Past, Present and Future in this University Channel audio.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

George Tenet - At the center of the storm

Book jacket excerpt: "In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that emerged in the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq war, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. At the Center of the Storm recounts George Tenet's time at the Central Intelligence Agency, a revealing look at the inner workings of the most important intelligence organization in the world during the most challenging times in recent history."

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

New at the CARL- Prisoner of Tehran : a memoir

Publisher description: "In her heartbreaking, triumphant, and elegantly written memoir, Prisoner of Tehran, Marina Nemat tells the heart-pounding story of her life as a young girl in Iran during the early days of Ayatollah Khomeini's brutal Islamic Revolution. In January 1982, Marina Nemat, then just sixteen years old, was arrested, tortured, and sentenced to death for political crimes. Until then, her life in Tehran had centered around school, summer parties at the lake, and her crush on Andre, the young man she had met at church. But when math and history were subordinated to the study of the Koran and political propaganda, Marina protested. Her teacher replied, "If you don't like it, leave." She did, and, to her surprise, other students followed. Soon she was arrested with hundreds of other youths who had dared to speak out, and they were taken to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Two guards interrogated her. One beat her into unconsciousness; the other, Ali, fell in love with her. Sentenced to death for refusing to give up the names of her friends, she was minutes from being executed when Ali, using his family connections to Ayatollah Khomeini, plucked her from the firing squad and had her sentence reduced to life in prison. But he exacted a shocking price for saving her life -- with a dizzying combination of terror and tenderness, he asked her to marry him and abandon her Christian faith for Islam."

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

New at CARL: Patrolling Baghdad by Mark DePue

Patrolling Baghdad: a military police company and the war in Iraq by Mark DePue

Book Table of Contents

Excerpt of book jacket summary - "For the 160 national guardsmen from America's heartland, Baghdad was more than just a long way from home. It also confronted the 233rd Military Police Company with America's most difficult challenge in Iraq: establishing security in a nation rife with religious, tribal, and sectarian conflict and violence. The first MP company assigned to patrol the heart of Baghdad, the 233rd (from Springfield, Illinois) was a key part of the American occupation forces from April 2003 to April 2004."

Related podcast: Interview with the author Mark DePue in this Pritzker Military Library Podcast from 17 May 2007

Monday, June 4, 2007

Hot Summer Reads

This summer holds the promise of an impressive list of new offerings by some known as wellas less known authors. Check out our holdings of these titles recently featured on the USA Today Summer reading list.

Learn about these titles

Saturday, June 2, 2007

New Google Gadgets from CARL

Personalize your iGoogle page with handy gadgets and your favorite content from around the web. We’ve created at CARL four iGoogle Gadgets to make it convenient for you to access. Add to Google

  1. CARL RSS Feeds
  2. CARL Digital Library
  3. CARL Online Catalog
  4. Custom Search of selected Military and Defense Blogs.
  5. Author Interview and Book Review Podcasts
Just click on a link above and at the next screen select the Add to Google button and our new CARL iGoogle gadget will automatically appear on your Personalized Google Home Page. Don't have an iGoogle page yet? Learn more about it here.

Official Google Blog: Ga-Ga for Gadgets

Friday, June 1, 2007

Three counterinsurgency classics

These three classics of counterinsurgency warfare in Algeria and French IndoChina were featured in recent issues of Military Review. To see these latest reviews simply click on the book review links below. You can also select the title links to see our holdings at the CARL.
1. A savage war of peace by Alistair Horne
2. The Centurions by Jean Larteguy
3. Street without joy by Bernard Fall
Related article: Back to the Street without Joy by Robert Cassidy

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