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Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

By Jonathan Shay

achillesin-vietnamIn this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.

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Assignment Pentagon: How to Excel in a Bureaucracy

By Perry Smith

1826000Eminently readable, Assignment: Pentagon is the essential guide for the newly assigned military person, fresh civilian, and interested outsider to the Pentagon’s informal set of arrangements, networks, and functions that operate in the service and joint service world. From the type of wristwatch one needs to how to succeed in the Joint Staff, the book delivers a wealth of practical advice and helpful hints about surviving the pressures and problems of working in “the Building.”

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Command Culture

By Jörg Muth

command-culture-muthIn Command Culture, Jörg Muth examines the different paths the United States Army and the German Armed Forces traveled to select, educate, and promote their officers in the crucial time before World War II. Muth demonstrates that the military education system in Germany represented an organized effort where each school and examination provided the stepping stone for the next. But in the United States, there existed no communication about teaching contents or didactical matters among the various schools and academies, and they existed in a self chosen insular environment.

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded

By T Freidman

hot_flat_and_crowdedPulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is “hot, flat, and crowded.”

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Just And Unjust Wars

By Michael Walzer

just-and-unjust-warsFrom the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre, from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq, Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war. He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history, as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved–participants, decision makers, and victims. In his introduction to this new edition, Walzer specifically addresses the moral issues surrounding the war in and occupation of Iraq, reminding us once again that “the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity.”

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No Bended Knee

By Merrill Twining

no-bended-kneeThe Battle of Guadalcanal is one of the authentically epical conflicts of World War II. Twining saw it as operations officer of the key U.S. ground unit, the First Marine Division. What he saw and now recounts was a campaign in which a semitrained and understrength division was flung into battle and somehow not only survived, but prevailed. Those marines had to fight the Japanese, the jungle, tropical diseases, uncertain supplies, inept commanders (some of them even members of Twining’s beloved marines), and a host of other adversaries. They overcame them all.

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The Face of Battle

By John Keegan

face-of-battle-keeganThe Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the “point of maximum danger.” Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

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The Mask of Command

By John Keegan

mask-of-command-keeganIn The Mask of Command, John Keegan asks us to consider questions that are seldom asked: What is the definition of leadership? What makes a great military leader? Why is it that men, indeed sometimes entire nations, follow a single leader, often to victory, but with equal dedication also to defeat?

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