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 »

Two Mini Reviews

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] I have a tremendous backlog of good books to review that I have read in recent months and I am facing the fact that it is dubious that I will ever to get to feature most of them here.  As a stopgap, I am going to try a few mini-reviews […] Read more »

New Books

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“]            The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft ad the Call of National Security by Bartholomew Sparrow The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan The Memoirs of Ernst Rohm by Ernst Rohm Heinrich Himmler by Peter Longerich  The Origins of the Final Solution by Christopher Browning The Hitler Book: The […] Read more »

Some More Books….

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"]      Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy by Donald Kagan  Intelligence in War: Knowledge of the Enemy from Napoleon to al Qaeda by John Keegan  Anti-intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter  I spent a little time at Half-Price Books the other day and picked up three useful additions [...] Read more »

“Friends of Zenpundit Who Wrote Books” # 3

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] As the holiday season is here, I thought it would be amusing between now and Christmas to do a series of posts on books by people who have, in some fashion, been friends of ZP by supporting us with links, guest-posts, friendly comments and other intuitive gestures of online association. One keyboard [...] Read more »

Two from the Comments Section on Wylie

  Grip, the post by Lynn Rees generated comments linking to two further posts on the topic of Rear Admiral Joseph Caldwell  (J.C.) Wylie, Jr. and his  Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control which I suspect are of interest to many readers here: Seydlitz89 - Towards a General Theory of Strategy: A Review of Admiral JC Wylie’s “Military [...] Read more »

New Book and New Monograph

The Strategy Bridge by Colin S. Gray I have been eager to read this book by the eminent Anglo-American strategist Colin Gray ever since Adam Elkus sang it’s praises and now I have a hardcover copy thanks entirely to an enterprising amigo. A description from Oxford Scholarship: The Strategy Bridge: Theory for Practice is an [...] Read more »

Boyd and Beyond Local DC Event

[by J. Scott Shipman] Jim Hasik’s White Board Outline   At the suggestion of Adam Elkus, we were privileged to host our first “local” Boyd and Beyond event on 15 December. We had 14 attend, and five speakers. Logistically, we turned our family room in to a fairly comfortable briefing area, using a wall with Smart Sheets as a [...] Read more »

Strategy and Creativity: Part I.

“War is more than a true chameleon that slightly adapts its characteristics to the given case. As a total phenomenon its dominant tendencies always make war a remarkable trinity–composed of primordial violence, hatred, and enmity, which are to be regarded as a blind natural force; of the play of chance and probability within which the [...] Read more »

Guest Post: Shlok Vaidya Reviews Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez

Shlok Vaidya is a longtime friend of and is a consultant on technology and security issues, including terrorism and the Naxalite insurgency. When I heard that Shlok had received a coveted advance copy of the latest novel by Daniel Suarez, I cordially invited him to cross-post his review here. Vaidya blogs on books, technology, [...] Read more »