About Scott Lipkowitz

Scott holds an MA in History, with a concentration in military history, and a MLIS, with a concentration in information technology, from Queens College, City University of New York. He is the recipient of the Arnold Franco and Michael Wrezin history prizes, and was selected to present his masters thesis on the engineers of the American Expeditionary Forces as part of a young scholars roundtable at the Society for Military History's 2020 Conference. He is also a member of the Society for the History of Technology.

Scott Lipkowitz holds a MA in History, with a concentration in military history, and a MLIS, with a concentration in information technology, from Queens College, City University of New York

NBN Episodes hosted by Scott:

Ian Ona Johnson, "Faustian Bargain: The Soviet-German Partnership and the Origins of the Second World War" (Oxford UP, 2021)

August 10, 2021

Faustian Bargain

Ian Ona Johnson
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

German Ambassador Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau believed that Germany and the Soviet Union were locked together in a Schicksalgemienshaft, or “communi…

Jay Lockenour, "Dragonslayer: The Legend of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich" (Cornell UP, 2021)

May 19, 2021


Jay Lockenour
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

Erich Ludendorff is a contentious figure in military history. Focused, energetic, and hailing from humble origins, Ludendorff rose through the ranks o…

Brent D. Ziarnick, "To Rule the Skies: General Thomas S. Power and the Rise of Strategic Air Command in the Cold War" (Naval Institute Press, 2021)

April 27, 2021

To Rule the Skies

Brent D. Ziarnick
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

A sadist. A madman. A sociopath seduced by the terrible allure of nuclear weapons. These are but a few of the pejoratives commonly used to describe U…

W. P. Leeman and J. B. Hattendorf, "Forging the Trident: Theodore Roosevelt and the United States Navy" (Naval Institute Press, 2021)

March 3, 2021

Forging the Trident

John B. Hattendorf and William P. Leeman
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

Theodore Roosevelt was a titan of American politics, society, and culture. Rarely soft spoken, always eager to brandish a big stick, and animated by a…

Kevin Weddle, "The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution" (Oxford UP, 2021)

February 4, 2021

The Compleat Victory

Kevin Weddle
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

British hopes that the American War for Independence would be brought to a swift conclusion began to wane in the early months of 1777. Despite brillia…

D. Barno and N. Bensahel, "Adaptation Under Fire: How Militaries Change in Wartime" (Oxford UP, 2020)

January 8, 2021

Adaptation Under Fire

David Barno and Nora Bensahel
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

Few human enterprises are as complex, dynamic, and unpredictable as war. Armed conflict substitutes the relatively ordered reality of peace with the u…

David S. Nasca, "The Emergence of American Amphibious Warfare, 1898 to 1945" (Naval Institute Press, 2020)

November 4, 2020

The Emergence of American Amphibious Warfare, 1898 to 1945

David S. Nasca
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

Amphibious warfare, as outlined by American Rear Admiral James E. Jouett in 1885, was a relatively straightforward affair: to project power from the s…

Stephen C. Kepher, "COSSAC: Lt. Gen. Sir Frederick Morgan and the Genesis of Operation OVERLORD" (Naval Institute Press, 2020)

October 5, 2020


Stephen C. Kepher
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

D-Day, June 6, 1944, looms large in both popular and historical imaginations as the sin qua non, or single defining moment, of the Second World War. T…

Stanley D. M. Carpenter, "Southern Gambit: Cornwallis and the British March to Yorktown" (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)

May 22, 2020

Southern Gambit

Stanley D. M. Carpenter
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

Charles Lord Cornwallis’s campaign through the southern American colonies came to an ignominious close on October 19, 1781, on an open field outside Y…

Pauline Shanks Kaurin, "On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community" (Naval Institute Press, 2020)

April 22, 2020

On Obedience

Pauline Shanks Kaurin
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

Obedience is integral to the military, to society, and to communities. To bring individuals together to work cohesively and successfully towards a com…

Eric Setzekorn, "The Rise and Fall of an Officer Corps: The Republic of China Military, 1942-1955" (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)

January 30, 2020

The Rise and Fall of an Officer Corps

Eric Setzekorn
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

Following the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911, two antipodal ideologies vied for control of China's military. The first, advanced by Sun Yat-sen, lea…

William F. Trimble, "John S. McCain and the Triumph of Naval Air Power" (Naval Institute Press, 2019)

July 24, 2019

John S. McCain and the Triumph of Naval Air Power

William F. Trimble
Hosted by Scott Lipkowitz

The carrier task force—the symbolic and physical manifestation of the United States’ ability to project naval and air power across the globe—came of a…