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While America Sleeps:
Self-Delusion, Military Weakness, and the Threat to Peace Today.
The post-cold war United States, historians Donald and Frederick W. Kagan argue, resembles that cozy England in many ways. In the wake of Vietnam, the American government has been reluctant to commit its forces to the purpose of policing the world--though, the Kagans write, "if the United States is not to take a leading part in such a constabulary, who will?"--and has pursued a policy of brief, limited military encounters that involve little risk of incurring casualties. This policy, coupled with a long period of reductions in military spending and staffing, will, the Kagans believe, lead to disaster, as some other Hitler, or Saddam, or Kim Il Jung rises to trouble the world. Acknowledging that historical analogies are only approximations, the Kagans earnestly argue that England's and America's respective patterns of "self-deluding pseudo-engagements" have proved and will again prove to be misguided evasions, and that it will be in the world's ultimate interest for the United States to remain militarily strong and unafraid of a fight.
Though readers may not agree with their conclusions, the Kagans make a convincing case backed by thoughtful historical analysis. --Gregory McNamee
Wilful Murder: The Sinking Of The Lusitania
On May 7th, 1915 a passenger ship crossing the Atlantic sank with the loss of 1200 lives. On board were some world-famous figures, including multimillionaire Alfred Vanderbilt. But this wasn’t the Titanic and there was no iceberg. The liner was the Lusitania and it was torpedoed by a German U-boat.
The Freemasons: The Illustrated Book of an Ancient Brotherhood
Well done to Michael Johnstone for an excellent and visually entertaining and (MOSTLY) accurate view of the craft of Fremasonry. It is really very refreshing to read such an unbiased and factual account of the histoy and virtues behind masonry around the world.
Well worth a read for non- masons to get a true and unbised report on the institution and for masons to get a 'potted' history of the craft
Suez 1956: A Personal Account.
As Foreign Secretary in Eden's Cabinet, Selwyn Lloyd played an important role in the events of 1956, and here, in a book that is part memoir, part history, he gives his side of the story. Like others who had experienced Munich at first hand, he saw disquieting parallels in Nasser's provocations, and urged appropriate action. But the real villain to emerge from the book is Eisenhower's Administration, whose cold betrayal of an old ally smarts to this day. In all, there is little here that will cause us to revise our views of the crisis.