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After a storied 37-year special operations career, ADM William H. McRaven retired from the Navy in 2014, having served as a SEAL officer, rising to four-star rank to command the U.S. SOCOM( Special Operations Command). Among many notable achievements, he oversaw Operation NEPTUNE SPEAR, the 2011...
M ilitary practitioners and civilian policymakers who seek to understand why the United States has so little to show for its 21st-century wars may be interested in this book. Dr. Eliot A. Cohen—former Counselor to the President in the George W. Bush administration, distinguished author, and...
A s someone who has read U.S. military history since the third grade and who has had a special interest in the Civil War, reading Bruce Catton as a kid and Stephen Sears as an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War , the new book by Williamson Murray and Wayne...
T his sterling-new book is set within the timeless framework of the Athenian historian Thucydides. The two authors of this history acquired this useful lens at the same source—as students of Donald Kagan at Yale. That epic contest between Sparta and the democratic Athens bears some resemblance to...
W orld War One’s historiography has been one of two competing narratives. As Michael Howard wrote in 1993, military histories, both popular and scholarly, have let themselves be diverted, either upwards to a discussion of high strategy and the debate over the rationale ... or downward to compiling...
T his is a story only Kael Weston can tell. John Kael Weston, a diplomat on assignment for the U.S. Department of State, may not have donned the MARPAT (Marine pattern) uniform over the course of his seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he shared the hardships and dangers with Marines at the...
For Marines, Fallujah is an unforgettable city of violence and lore. Now, there may be another reason to remember it. More than ten years after the events of Operation PHANTOM FURY, Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, tracks the evolution of today’s most feared terrorist group...
Arnold Punaro’s memoir, On War and Politics , roars through his multiple, yet connected, stellar careers—an active and Reserve Marine (ultimately a major general), a civilian in government on Capitol Hill under Senator Sam Nunn, and in business. Throughout it all, Punaro’s experiences harken back...
B efore completing the next three sentences, stop what you’re doing. Go online and purchase Scales On War: The Future of America’s Military at Risk . Your MOS doesn’t matter. Neither does your rank. If you’re a Marine at heart—and subsequently believe that our Corps’ foundation is built around our...
The American people will call upon their Marines to fight and win the first battle of the next war (or, more accurately, to prevent that full-scale next war) on some distant battlefield far from home-based logistics support. This will require the utmost care in selecting and preparing the best...

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