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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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John Nagl Interview

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Learning to eat soup with a knife by John Nagl

Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl commands the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor at Fort Riley, Kansas. He led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and served as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom. A West Point graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Nagl earned his doctorate from Oxford University, taught national security studies at West Point, and served as a Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. He is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and was on the writing team that produced the Army's new Counterinsurgency Field Manual.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Award Winning Books at CARL

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    Popular Mysteries, SciFi, Romance & More

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    Audio Books - CD and Cassette

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    Ebooks - netLibrary and Ebrary

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    Downloadable audio books

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                  This custom search below targets book related sites including the NY Times, Washington Post, London Review of Books, Christian Science Monitor and others for current book news, reviews and more.

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                  Sunday, July 29, 2007

                  Fort Leavenworth History in Pictures

                  Want to get a quick taste of the kinds of materials you'll find in our Fort Leavenworth History collection in the CARL Digital Library? Spend a minute looking at this online slide show.

                  Wednesday, July 25, 2007

                  Search CARL's Catalog from Refworks

                  How do I import references from the CARL catalog into Refworks? View this interactive CARL Refworks Tutorial. (1:31) Or review this step-by-step guide.

                  Sunday, July 22, 2007

                  Newly released: SAMS 2007 Monographs - subject counterinsurgency

                  We recently completed adding to our Digital Library the monographs of the 2007 graduating class from the School of Advanced Military Studies. Below you'll find a sample of those related to the subject of counterinsurgency.

                  About the School of Advanced Military Studies

                  The School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) is one of the parts of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). Most SAMS students complete the regular CGSC course, then stay for a second academic year. They write either one or two monographs (depending on the requirement at the time) and are awarded a Master of Military Art and Science (MMAS) graduate degree. Most go on to planning jobs in field units. Currently you can find the 1995-2007 SAMS monographs in our digital library. SAMS monographs typically address historical events, current operational issues, or new organizational concepts.

                  Thursday, July 19, 2007

                  New at the CARL: War in human civilization

                  Find at the CARL: War in Human Civilization by Azar Gat

                  Item checked out? Learn here how to place a hold.

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                  Summary from the publisher:

                  In this truly global study, major military historian Azar Gat sets out to unravel the "riddle of war" throughout human history, from the early hunter-gatherers right through to the unconventional terrorism of the twenty-first century. In the process, the book generates an astonishing wealth of original and fascinating insights on all major aspects of humankind's remarkable journey through the ages, engaging a wide range of disciplines.

                  Read review by Ralph Hitchens, Journal of Military History, July 2007

                  Wednesday, July 18, 2007

                  Pritzker Military Library Literature Award

                  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson specializing in the American Civil War has become the first-ever winner of the new $100,000 US military writing prize, the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, the library announced on Monday.

                  McPherson, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, will receive the $100,000 US Pritzker honorarium, citation and medallion at a gala in Chicago in October.

                  The literary honour is designed to recognize a living author who has compiled a body of work that has enriched "the understanding of American military history" through academic, fiction or non-fiction writing — or a combination of the three.

                  McPherson's other titles include Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War. Learn more about this award from the Pritzker website.

                  Tuesday, July 17, 2007

                  New at CARL: The Pentagon - A History

                  From the publisher: The creation of the Pentagon in seventeen whirlwind months during World War II is one of the great construction feats in American history, involving a tremendous mobilization of manpower, resources, and minds. In astonishingly short order, Brigadier General Brehon B. Somervell conceived and built an institution that ranks with the White House, the Vatican, and a handful of other structures as symbols recognized around the world. Now veteran military reporter Steve Vogel reveals for the first time the remarkable story of the Pentagon’s construction, from it’s dramatic birth to its rebuilding after the September 11 attack.

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                  Monday, July 16, 2007

                  New at CARL- Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner

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                  Summary from book jacket: For the last sixty years, the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of a terrible record. Its inability to understand the world has started wars and undermined the White House. It has spun presidents, policymakers, and the American people in order to preserve its own power. LEGACY OF ASHES is the definitive history of the CIA, from the end of World War II to the battle for Baghdad. It is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA, and a decade of interviews with hundreds of CIA officers, including every living Director of Central Intelligence. Everything in this book is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations.

                  Related podcast:

                  C-Span Book TV Interview- After Words: Tim Weiner author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" interviewed by David Ignatius

                  Friday, July 13, 2007

                  New at CARL - Boys of '67

                  Summary: This sweeping saga of the United States Marine Corps follows the careers of a group of young second lieutenants from their baptism of fire in Vietnam through the Cold War and to the current insurgency in Iraq.

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                  Pritzker Military Library interview of the author Charles Jones (aired 07/12/2007)

                  Wednesday, July 11, 2007

                  Persistent URLs to CARL Databases

                  The CARL offered a brownbag session in the library's learning center Thursday 12 July. The topic was: Cut Copyright Costs and Hassles thru Persistent Links

                  Description: Learn how to take advantage of online persistent links to selected magazine, journal and newspaper articles and incorporate them into your Blackboard pages and elsewhere.

                  If you were unable to attend this session you can still learn about embedding persistent or stable urls to distinct journal articles and even book chapters from Proquest, Ebsco, JSTOR and Praeger Security International databases. If you'd like to set-up another training session simply leave a comment here with your contact information and we'll arrange training session for you.

                  Adding persistent Links to Blackboard

                  Tuesday, July 10, 2007

                  New NetLibrary Downlaoadable Audio Books - July 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 for July 2007. Click on any of the links to our catalog below to learn more about each title.

                  NetLibrary Audio Book Guide

                    Sunday, July 8, 2007

                    The Soldier's War: Consent or Coercion?

                    THE SOLDIER’S WAR — CONSENT OR COERCION? WWI scholars discuss the Great War; with John Horne, professor modern European history, Trinity College, Dublin, and Leonard Smith, Frederick B. Artz professor of history, Oberlin College. 7 p.m. July 9. Truman Presidential Museum and Library, 500 West U.S. 24, Independence. Free. Reservations required. http://www.nww1.org/ (816-268-8215)

                    Between mutiny and obedience : the case of the French Fifth Infantry Division during World War I by Leonard Smith

                    Thursday, July 5, 2007

                    What to read about Iraq

                    In an article published 5 July 2007 in the Christian Science Monitor Middle East correspondents Scott Peterson, Dan Murphy, and Jill Carroll recommend the best books on the Iraq war. See the following links to check our holdings of these titles at the CARL.


                    1. Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein by Andrew Cockburn
                    2. Endgame: solving the Iraq problem once and for all by Scott Ritter
                    3. Crusade: The Untold Story of the Persian Gulf War by Rick Atkinson
                    2003 Invasion
                    1. Night Draws Near by Anthony Shadid
                    2. Generation Kill by Evan Wright
                    3. Thunder Run by David Zucchino
                    4. Cobra II by Michael Gordon
                    Current War
                    1. Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Han­drasekaran
                    2. Fiasco by Thomas Ricks
                    3. State of Denial by Bob Woodward
                    Further Background Reading
                    1. Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife by John Nagl
                    2. The Shia Revival: how conflicts within Islam will shape the future by Vali Nasr
                    3. The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

                    Tuesday, July 3, 2007

                    Fort Leavenworth History Virtual Tour

                    Learn about the history of Fort Leavenworth thru this flash video featuring the post's Historical Wayside Markers.

                    Monday, July 2, 2007


                    Hezbollah in the News and in Books: Hezbollah agents aiding insurgency in Iraq

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