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Book Review: The Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Strategic Alliances and Rivalries
February 22, 2024
Book Review: The Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Strategic Alliances and Rivalries 
Authors: Amira Jadoon with Andrew Mines

Reviewed by Thomas F. Lynch III, PhD, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of National Strategic Studies, National Defense University

Book Review: Waging a Good War: How the Civil Rights Movement Won Its Battles, 1954–1968
February 22, 2024
Book Review: Waging a Good War: How the Civil Rights Movement Won Its Battles, 1954–1968
Author: Thomas E. Ricks

Reviewed by Keith Nightingale, retired colonel, US Army

Book Review: Small Armies, Big Cities: Rethinking Urban Warfare
February 22, 2024
Book Review: Small Armies, Big Cities: Rethinking Urban Warfare
John P. Sullivan

Author: Louise A. Tumchewics (editor)

Reviewed by Dr. John P. Sullivan, instructor, Safe Communities Institute, University of Southern California

Book Review: Forging the Anglo-American Alliance: The British and American Armies, 1917–1941
January 17, 2024
Book Cover: Forging the Anglo-American Alliance: The British and American Armies, 1917–1941

Book Review: Boots and Suits: Historical Cases and Contemporary Lessons in Military Diplomacy
January 17, 2024
Book Review: Boots and Suits: Historical Cases and Contemporary Lessons in Military Diplomacy
https://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters_bookshelf/33

Book Review: Military Dogs of World War II
December 20, 2023
Book Review: Military Dogs of World War II
Wylie W. Johnson
Author: Susan Bulanda
Reviewed by Reverend Dr. Wylie W. Johnson, chaplain (retired), US Army War College class of 2010

Book Review: Number One Realist: Bernard Fall and Vietnamese Revolutionary Warfare
December 20, 2023
Book Review: Number One Realist: Bernard Fall and Vietnamese Revolutionary Warfare 
Author: Nathaniel L. Moir
Reviewed by John A. Nagl, professor of warfighting studies, US Army War College

Book Review: War of Supply
November 22, 2023
Book Review: War of Supply
John A. Bonin
Author: David D. Dworak
Reviewed by Dr. John A. Bonin, consultant, US Army War College
The reviewer notes, “While there are thousands of books about World War II, there are relatively few on the war in the Mediterranean and fewer on its logistics.” Dworak provides just that, with a chronological account of Operation Torch in North Africa; Operations Husky, Avalanche, and Shingle in Sicily and Italy; and Operation Dragoon in southern France.
https://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters_bookshelf/30

Book Review: Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931–1945
November 22, 2023
Book Review: Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931–1945
Jonathan Klug
Author: Richard Overy
Reviewed by Jonathan Klug, colonel, US Army, and assistant professor, Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations, US Army War College
Teaser: Many track the start of World War II to Poland in 1939. In Blood Ruins, Richard Overy contends the 1931 Japanese invasion of Manchuria was the start of an Asian war that later merged into the 1939 war in Europe when Japan attacked America in 1939. The book addresses policy and strategy as well as operational, technical, and tactical issues.
https://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters_bookshelf/29

Book Review: The Origins of Victory: How Disruptive Military Innovation Determines the Fates of Great Powers 
October 17, 2023
Book Review: The Origins of Victory: How Disruptive Military Innovation Determines the Fates of Great Powers
https://press.armywarcollege.edu/parameters_bookshelf/28
Author: Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr.
Reviewed by Zachery Tyson Brown, defense analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Andrew F. Krepinevich has questions for policymakers when it comes to emerging technologies and warfare. In The Origins of Victory: How Disruptive Military Innovation Determines the Fates of Great Powers, Krepinevich asks: How do states gain advantages in military competition during periods of disruptive change? How are developmental technologies best incorporated into legacy military structures? Or are entirely new structures necessary?