Book Review

A Soldier of the Great War
In the Eddies of War

Helprin’s A Soldier of the Great War leaves the big battles to history books to focus on the eddies swirling in wartime and the people caught in them.

Islamic Exceptionalism
For Better or For Worse?

Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism argues that Islam is far different from other religions in how it relates to governance, law, and the modern nation-state.

A Surprising Darkness: Review of Houellebecq’s Submission
A Surprising Darkness

The shocking thing about Michel Houellebecq’s Submission is not that it isn’t anti-Muslim. The shocking thing is that it’s not—or not primarily—anti-Islam.

Forgiveness
Forgiving Justly

Lucinda Mosher and David Marshall’s Sin, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation: Christian & Muslim Perspectives examines pivotal differences and shocking similarities between the two religions.

Superforecasting Book Review
What Does the Fox Think?

In Superforecasting, Tetlock and Gardner argue convincingly that studying how superforecasters think can help other analysts improve their forecasts.

Superpower
D***, We Don’t Have a Foreign Policy

Ian Bremmer’s Superpower gives a good critique about America’s incoherent foreign policy and is a good introduction to different foreign policy choices.

Black Earth Book Review
Too Many Carbs, Too Little Meat

We need books like Timothy D. Snyder’s Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning. Books like it, though perhaps not it.

Inside Jihad
Through an Insider’s Eyes

Inside Jihad is a must read for anyone seeking to better understand radical Islam, why the challenge is so great, and what can be done to effectively counter it.

Savior Generals
Victory From Defeat: On Savior Generals & Firemen

Victor Davis Hanson’s The Savior Generals:How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost – From Ancient Greece To Iraq