New Book- The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House

[by Mark Safranski / a.k.a  “zen“] The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House […] by Zalmay Khalilzad Just received a courtesy review copy of The Envoy, the memoir of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, from Christine at St. Martin’s Press. Khalilzad was part of a small group of diplomatic troubleshooters and heavy hitters for the second Bush […] Read more »

Sceenius: Y2K and a universal graphical mapping language

[ by Charles Cameron — a mental long-jump, following Sceenius: the macro in micro, Nepal ] . It’s a stretch, I know, and whether it will prove a useful leap or not I have no idea — but for the record, this detail from slide 8 of the Sceenius promo caught my eye, offering a […] Read more »

Bin, Brennan and Baghdadi: how many heads hath a snake?

[ by Charles Cameron -- even after death, snakes can bite you -- plus a quick look at someone Baghdadi may have termed an "effeminate pilot" ] . Major Mariam Al Mansouri, first female UAE's pilot who took part in the strikes against #ISIS pic.twitter.com/AnqVrshaZ7 — Jean Pierre Duthion (@halona) September 24, 2014 ** For […] Read more »

To Make and Keep Peace — New Book by Angelo M. Codevilla

[by J. Scott Shipman] To Make and Keep Peace, Among Ourselves and with All Nations, by Angelo M. Codevilla Recently I had opportunity to read the latest issue of the Claremont Review of Books, and in the issue was a lengthy review of Angelo Codevilla’s latest book, To Make and Keep Peace. Codevilla is no […] Read more »

New Book: 13 Hours in Benghazi by Zuckoff

13 Hours in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team I just received a courtesy review copy of 13 Hours in Benghazi from Tony at Twelve Books. 13 Hours tells the story of the terrorist attack in Benghazi from the perspective of the surviving CIA security contractors, including Kris Paronto, Mark “Oz” Geist, and John Tiegen […] Read more »

What We Are Reading… September 11, 2014

9/11 Nation Remembers 9/11 On 13th Anniversary of Attacks Scott Neuman | NPR On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, President Obama, first lady and vice president gathered on the White House lawn to observe a moment of silence.   ISIS, Terrorism, Counterterrorism President Obama’s Speech on Islamic State Strategy Associated Press […]

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Adding to the Bookpile

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"]    Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor / Hiroshima / 9-11 / Iraq by John Dower  Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941 by William Shirer Moral Combat: Good and Evil in World War II by Michael Burleigh  Picked up a few more books for the antilibrary. Dower is best known for [...] Read more »

Guest Post: Cheryl Rofer – I Hope the Government Doesn’t Listen to Nathan Myhrvold

Cheryl Rofer, scientist, WMD expert and founder of Nuclear Diner.com and long-time friend of ZP blog, will be cross-posting here today regarding the report “Strategic Terrorism: A Call to Action” by Microsoft billionaire, venture capitalist, theoretical mathematician and cookbook author, Dr. Nathan Myhrvold.  I Hope The Government Doesn’t Listen to Nathan Myhrvold by Cheryl Rofer Shane [...] Read more »

Pie Jesus, dona eis requiem

[ by Charles Cameron -- of Ozymandias, as Shelley's story-teller friend reminds us, all that remains are "vast and trunkless legs of stone" ] . I am very fond of the long view, in which each of us becomes (physical) dust and enters (mental) oblivion — not necessarily in that order — see Shelley, Osymandias, [...] Read more »