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Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife - John A. Nagl

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife – John A. Nagl

  John A. Nagl performs a comparative study in his book, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife, between the British Army’s response to Malaya and the American Army’s response to Vietnam. By examining each case study at length, Nagle concludes that the ability or inability to learn resulted in success for the British and […]

Forces of Fortune - Vali Nasr

Forces of Fortune – Vali Nasr

  In his new book, Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What it will Mean for Our World, Vali Nasr provides an overview of the broad, societal trends that have shaped the Middle East over the last century. Each chapter serves as an overview of the popular topics of […]

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

Dead Aid – Dambisa Moyo

In direct contention with the pervading assumption that international aid is critical for the survival and eventual growth of the most impoverished countries, Dambisa Moyo contends that aid has actually inhibited these countries from achieving sustainable economic growth. Instead of providing a basic level of sustenance for a country, aid encourages corruption and locks a country into […]

Hide & Seek: Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance - John A. Cassara

Hide & Seek: Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance – John A. Cassara

John A. Cassara, a former CIA Case Officer and Treasury Special Agent, delivers an autobiography of his career while providing policy prescriptions for more effectively curtailing terrorism finance. Most notably, Cassara illustrates the role of trade-based money laundering in moving funds throughout global criminal networks and the necessity of developing intelligence and enforcement tools to […]

Counterinsurgency - David Kilcullen

Counterinsurgency – David Kilcullen

Following the success and praise of his previous book, The Accidental Guerrilla, David Kilcullen has released a compilation of his previously published articles on counterinsurgency that have impacted and evolved the theoretical understanding of the field. From the “Twenty-eight Articles” that initially went viral to a summary of his doctoral dissertation, Kilcullen’s analysis can now […]

The Wisdom of Whores – Elizabeth Pisani

The Wisdom of Whores – Elizabeth Pisani

After nearly a decade of conducting AIDS/HIV research in Southeast Asia, Elizabeth Pisani recants the lessons she has learned while helping governments and NGO’s reduce the spread of this disease. From stressing the importance of adequate disease surveillance to clearly outlining the ways that AIDS/HIV spreads throughout societies, Pisani clearly states the measures that must […]

How Democratic is the American Constitution? – Robert A. Dahl

How Democratic is the American Constitution? – Robert A. Dahl

The popularly held myth that the American Constitution is the beacon of global democracy blatantly disregards democratic norms in several instances.  Robert Dahl, a Sterling Professor Emeritus of Yale University and former President of the American Political Science Association, examines the ways in which the Constitution does not practice equality of representation. Most notably, both […]

The Value of Nothing - Raj Patel

The Value of Nothing – Raj Patel

Having obtained degrees from Oxford, the London School of Economics, and Cornell University, Raj Patel explores the fundamental dilemma of market-based economies. Because prices do not accurately reflect the value of commodities due to their extensive externalities (Patel explains that a more appropriate price for an average hamburger would be $200 if these externalities were […]

The Death and Life of the Great American School System - Diane Ravitch

The Death and Life of the Great American School System – Diane Ravitch

Drawing on numerous empirical studies, Ravitch reviews the findings that have dramatically changed her perspective of education policy. Initially an ardent support of the choice, accountability, and charter school reforms, Ravitch has come to steadfastly oppose such reforms. This book is her account for how this occurred. The major developments within education, including the No […]

Seeds of Terror - Gretchen Peters

Seeds of Terror – Gretchen Peters

As a journalist with a deep interest in Afghanistan, Gretchen Peters offers an extensively researched account of the evolution of the heroin trade within Afghanistan and Pakistan. The recent escalation of hostilities in the region and the resurgence of the Taliban can be directly attributed to the proliferation of poppy fields. Furthermore, Afghanistan can now […]