The Year 2013 In Books

I’m trying something different this year with my book list. I’m going to make a short comment after listing each book.

But first, the usual questions: are there any themes from this year? Any intellectual currents present in my reading list that I didn’t realize at the time but see now that it’s complete?

First, [...]

Thomas Ricks, The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

A review

Over the last thirty years or so, criticism of the military has been rare. It seems to be taboo. Harsh assessments of the generals are usually seen as unwarranted, or unpatriotic, or an unwelcome return to the vicious and misguided discourse of the Vietnam War. Washington Post writer Thomas Ricks is [...]