New Books Network

David Milne, “Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)
There are countless ways to study the history of U.S. foreign policy. David Milne, however, makes the case that it is “often best understood” as “intellectual history.” In his innovative book, Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), follows the lives and ideas of... Read More
Mark Galeotti, “The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia” (Yale UP, 2018)
The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia (Yale University Press, 2018) by Mark Galeotti is an engrossing read about a topic mainstream scholarship has largely ignored: Russia’s criminal underworld. With Galeotti as our guide, we delve into the colorful world of the vory v zakone or “thieves of the code,” with their... Read More
Cathal J. Nolan, “The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost” (Oxford UP, 2019)
History has tended to measure war’s winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could be considered “decisive.” Marathon, Cannae, Tours, Agincourt, Austerlitz, Sedan, Stalingrad–all resonate in the literature of war and in our imaginations as tide-turning. But were... Read More
Brian A. Jackson, “Practical Terrorism Prevention” (RAND Corporation, 2019)
Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexamining U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence (RAND Corporation, 2019), examines past countering-violent-extremism (CVE) efforts, evaluates Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and interagency efforts to respond to ideological radicalization to violence, and recommends strengthening programs focused on non-law enforcement means to address... Read More
Timothy A. Sayle, “Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order” (Cornell UP, 2019)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization regularly appears in newspapers and political science scholarship. Surprisingly, historians have yet to devote the attention that the organization’s history merits. Timothy A. Sayle, an Assistant Professor of history at the University of Toronto, attempts to correct this. His fascinating new book, Enduring Alliance: A... Read More
Jeremy Black, “War and its Causes” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)
Jeremy Black, professor of history at Exeter, is well-known as one of the most prolific of publishing historians. His latest book, War and its Causes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), returns to a subject upon which he has already published several ground-breaking contributions. With an argument that reflects recent work in... Read More
Henry Kissinger and Winston Lord, “Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy, and Leadership” (All Points Books, 2019)
In a series of riveting and in depth interviews, America’s senior statesman, former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, discusses the challenges of directing foreign policy during times of great global tension. With insights which are pertinent to the present and indeed the future. As National Security Advisor to President Richard... Read More