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Book launch: The Handbook of 5GW

The Handbook of 5GW, edited by our blogfriend Dr Dan Abbott, and contributed to by your correspondent and a number of other blogfriends, has been released on the Kindle! Buy early and buy often. The dead tree edition will be … Continue reading

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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford is on the one-hand a post-revisionist biography of the world’s most successful conqueror, and on the other a social, political and economic history of the impact of the … Continue reading

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Book review: The Accidental Guerrilla

Upon handing in the first draft of my master’s thesis, my supervisor subtly criticized my magazine-influenced writing style. He gave me an invaluable piece of advice concerning academic writing: “Keep it dry. Nobody is going to read this for pleasure.” … Continue reading

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Leviathan: An illustrated novel

Last year I posted this fantastical map of WWI Europe from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. This week I read the book, which I found to be an excellent escape. It was supposed to be nightstand reading, but I couldn’t put … Continue reading

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All quiet on the blogging front

For the past couple of weeks I have had some extra time and have been missing my days at graduate school. I decided to pretend like I was a student again, flex the muscle between my ears, and catch up … Continue reading

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“Before man was, war waited for him.”

So Craig Mullaney quotes Cormac McCarthy in his highly regarded memoir The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education. Very fitting for a story of a young idealist that discovers the price of leadership in a tragic firefight in Afghanistan. First things … Continue reading

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Preparing your child for the coming anarchy

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Military thinking WAY outside the box

Psychic spies, special forces Jedi warriors, astral warfare with Noriega, and the threat of invasion by pregnant martians. That is just a sample of the kind of crazy detailed in The Men Who Stare at Goats, as story about the … Continue reading

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Think Tank Index

Foreign Policy Magazine released its first ever “Think Tank Index”:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4598 (Full report, PDF) which catalogues and categorizes 5465 think tanks from across the world. Map by The Economist The report looks at the recent expansion of the think tank business … Continue reading

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Television news from around the world on your desktop

Internet television has been slowly rolling out around the world. However, garden walls still remain as national television corporations can’t figure out how to deal with the inherently global internet. Sites like Hulu and apps like the BBC iPlayer are … Continue reading

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