The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

[by Mark Safranski / “zen“] The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security by Bartholomew Sparrow In writing The Strategist, Bartholomew Sparrow has demonstrated that his talents as a biographer match his skill as a scholar. Cautious and careful, in telling the life and national security career of the highly regarded Brent Scowcroft, Sparrow […] Read more »

Book Bonanza

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] My usual yuletide haul of books received and purchased….                         The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum Avoiding Armageddon: […] Read more »

War on the Rocks: A New Nixon Doctrine – Strategy for a Polycentric World

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] I have a new piece up at the excellent War on the Rocks site that is oriented towards both history and contemporary policy Some Excerpts: A New Nixon Doctrine: Strategy for a Polycentric World ….Asia was only the starting point; the Nixon doctrine continued to evolve in subsequent years into [...] Read more »

A Tale of Two Victories and Two Falls

My co-blogger Charles Cameron is fond of his “DoubleQuotes” postings that feature frequently uncomfortable juxtapositions designed to prod thinking. Here’s a wordier one from me: ….Planning for a second term has been under way for months, with Lew and Pete Rouse, the counselor to the president and Obama’s internal management guru, preparing lists of possible [...] Read more »