New Books Network

Iain MacGregor, “Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth” (Scribner, 2019)
There is perhaps no more iconic symbol of the Cold War than the Berlin Wall, the 96-mile-long barrier erected around West Berlin in 1961 to stem the flow of refugees from Eastern Europe. In Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place On Earth (Scribner,... Read More
Stuart Schrader, “​Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing​” (U California Press, 2019)
Following World War II, in the midst of global decolonization and intensifying freedom struggles within its borders, the United States developed a worldwide police assistance program that aimed to crush left radicalism and extend its racial imperium. Although policing had long been part of the US colonial project, this new... Read More
Aurélie Basha i Novosejt, “I Made Mistakes: Robert McNamara’s Vietnam War Policy, 1960-1968 (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Speaking to an advisor in 1966 about America’s escalation of forces in Vietnam, American Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara confessed: ‘We’ve made mistakes in Vietnam … I’ve made mistakes. But the mistakes I made are not the ones they say I made’. In her book, ‘I Made Mistakes’: Robert... Read More
Bruce Riedel, “Beirut 1958: How America’s Wars in the Middle East Began” (Brookings, 2019)
In July 1958, U.S. Marines stormed the beach in Beirut, Lebanon, ready for combat. Farcically. they were greeted by vendors and sunbathers. Fortunately, the rest of their mission—helping to end Lebanon’s first civil war—went nearly as smoothly and successfully, thanks in large part to the skillful work of American diplomats... Read More
Howard Kunreuther, “The Future of Risk Management” (U Penn Press, 2019)
Whether man-made or naturally occurring, large-scale disasters can cause fatalities and injuries, devastate property and communities, savage the environment, impose significant financial burdens on individuals and firms, and test political leadership. Moreover, global challenges such as climate change and terrorism reveal the interdependent and interconnected nature of our current moment:... Read More
Michael Mandelbaum, “The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In the twenty-five years after 1989, the world enjoyed the deepest peace in history. In The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth (Oxford Univiersity Press, 2019), the eminent foreign policy scholar Michael Mandelbaum examines that remarkable quarter century, describing how and why the peace was established and then fell... Read More
Joshua Tallis, “The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Security” (Naval Institute Press, 2019)
In his new book The War for Muddy Waters: Pirates, Terrorists, Traffickers, and Maritime Security (Naval Institute Press, 2019), Joshua Tallis uses the “broken windows” theory of policing to reexamine the littorals, developing a multidimensional view of the maritime threat environment. With a foundational case study of the Caribbean, Tallis explores... Read More