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Book Watch: Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft

Review by Chris Murray 12 February 2017 – London, UK Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft By Lewis E. Lehrman; Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2017. GBP £19.95 ISBN-10: 0811718980 ISBN-13: 978-0811718981 The ‘Great and Noble Undertaking’ of the Second World War, the largest conflict in human history, confounds the mind. The sheer scale is almost…

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Book Watch: Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

Review by Chris Murray 24 January 2017 – London, UK Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community By Max Bergholz; Cornell University Press, 2016. USD $35.00 ISBN-10: 1501704923 ISBN-13: 978-1501704925 The Second World War is often viewed in our collective conscious as a clearly demarcated event or period, which began with the…

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Book Watch: Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism

Review by John A. Pennell 13 January 2017 – Kyiv, Ukraine Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism (Yale University Press: New Haven, CT, USA, 2016) by Charles Clover. USD 35.00 ISBN-10: 0-300-12070-2 ISBN-13: 978-0-300-12070-7 Given recent Western political developments—“Brexit,” Trump’s U.S. electoral victory, the rise of populist movements across Europe—coupled with a…

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Book Watch: The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War

Review by John A. Pennell 11 January 2017 – Kyiv, Ukraine The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War (PenguinRandomHouse: New York, NY, USA, 2016) by Arkady Ostrovsky.  USD 30.00. ISBN-10: 0-399-56416-0 ISBN-13: 978-0-399-56416-1 With the recent 25th anniversary of the collapse of the USSR and increased evidence of Russian interference in the recent…

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Book Watch: Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada

Review by Chris Murray 9 January 2017 – London, UK Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada By Kim Richard Nossal; Dundurn, 2016. CDN $19.99 ISBN-10: 1459736753 ISBN-13: 978-1459736757 It is no profound revelation that Canada has always been miserable at military procurement. With rare exceptions, successes have been defined as simply getting something done. That simple truth…

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Book Watch: All Behind You, Winston: Churchill’s Great Coalition 1940-45

Review by Chris Murray 30 November 2016 – London, UK All Behind You, Winston: Churchill’s Great Coalition 1940-45 By Roger Hermiston; Aurum Press, 2016. GBP £20.00 ISBN-10: 1781313318 ISBN-13: 978-1781313312 As the Nazis spread across Europe, with Hitler claiming each was his last demand, most had no stomach for war. There were, however, outliers who had for years…

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Book Watch: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

Review by Chris Murray 10 October 2016 – London, UK How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon By Rosa Brooks; Simon & Schuster, 2016. CAD 39.95 ISBN-10: 1476777861 ISBN-13: 978-1476777863 The boundaries between what is war and not war that have been established by international convention over the last 70 years are…

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Book Watch: Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins

Review by Chris Murray 26 July 2016, Kingston, CA Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threat from the Margins By Paul Rogers; I.B.Tauris, 2016. USD 29.95 ISBN-10: 1784534889 ISBN-13: 978-1784534882 The early 20th century witnessed an imperial war that consumed Europe and tore apart the world’s great powers. In the great halls, headquarters and staff colleges of Europe a fierce debate…

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