Vietnam War

How One Man Reduced Global Suffering: A Review of Robert D. Kaplan’s The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's Greatest Humanitarian
How One Man Reduced Global Suffering: A Review of Robert D. Kaplan’s The Good American

“The Good American” is the story of how Robert Gersony, a high school dropout, affected governmental actions to reduce human misery and advance human rights. Because of his success in promoting humanitarian values, Kaplan calls him the US government’s “greatest humanitarian.”

Seventy-five Years of The Best Years of Our Lives: A Retrospective on War and Peace
Seventy-five Years of The Best Years of Our Lives: A Retrospective on War and Peace

Seventy-five years ago, the Samuel Goldwyn masterpiece “The Best Years of Our Lives” premiered to universal critical and popular acclaim. Reviewing the film now, two overarching contrasts between past and present are clear.

Leaving Afghanistan

Nations great and small largely determine their own destiny under the mercy or judgment of an ever watchful Providence.

General Matthew B. Ridgway: Conservative Internationalist
General Matthew B. Ridgway: Conservative Internationalist

General Matthew Ridgway was a conservative internationalist who supported free institutions, defense alliances, and unsurpassed military might while opposing unsustainable wars beyond the range of national interests.

Restraint and Resolve: Christian Realism and the Requirements of Courage - George Floyd - Just War Tradition
Restraint and Resolve: Christian Realism and the Requirements of Courage

Through a Christian realist lens, the police officer’s mission closely corresponds to the just war tradition’s aim of promoting order, justice, and peace. Marc LiVecche reviews how the police failed in the killing of George Floyd.

King Saul and the Evil Spirit: Personality Change and Combat Trauma
King Saul and the Evil Spirit: Personality Change and Combat Trauma

Studying King Saul’s combat experiences can help us understand his personality change and violence toward David.

Christian Influence on US Foreign Policy

Formal religious adherence is declining, but America’s longtime religious self-identity as a lodestar of democratic responsibility in the world continues unabashed.

How America Fights Wars in a Unique Way: Review of Patterson’s Just American Wars
How America’s Wars Have Been (Mostly) Just: Review of Eric Patterson’s Just American Wars

Eric Patterson contends in Just American Wars that the US is unique because of how it considers ethical and moral dilemmas when it fights. Particularly, the country’s democratic institutions force any politician who wishes to engage in a war to explain to voters, civil society, and other parts of the government why the war must be fought.

Humbling Account of a Vietnam Tragedy: Review of Bowden’s Hue 1968
Humbling Account of a Vietnam Tragedy: Review of Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968

In Hue 1968, Mark Bowden describes the horrors of war through the eyes of those who fought the battles. His work is carefully researched, well organized, and smoothly written.