Places and Names -- Elliot Ackerman

Staff Pick

A decorated former Marine turned journalist turned author, Elliot Ackerman has written three acclaimed novels since 2015 and now a memoir. In Places and Names, he offers a real-life accounting, writing with the same urgency, passion, and attention characteristic of his novels and with the same penetrating examination of the meaning and costs of war. He does this through a series of essays as he travels to conflict zones, old battlefields, and refugee camps, looking back on his war experiences from different angles. The result is not only an intensely personal book about the purpose and impact of war but also a meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of America’s ill-fated involvement in the Middle East.




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ISBN: 9780525559962
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - June 11th, 2019

The Fighters - C.J. Chivers

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In this intense, compelling, and unsettling account of Americans at war, Chris Chivers explores the recent history of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq not from the vantage of senior officers and civilian policymakers, but from the perspectives of those in the lower and middle ranks who’ve done the bulk of the fighting. Although The Fighters focuses on six individuals from different military branches who served in different places and at different times, the accounts capture what many other troops have gone through. As a former Marine and experienced journalist with the New York Times, Chivers himself is particularly well-qualified to tell this story. He writes about military affairs with the authority and informed eye for detail of a veteran and with the clarity and punch of a talented wordsmith.

Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime - Eliot A. Cohen

Staff Pick

What makes a great leader? In Supreme Command, Cohen examines this question by studying four of the most influential and effective civilian leaders of all time: Abraham Lincoln of the US, Georges Clemenceau of France, Winston Churchill of Great Britain, and David Ben-Gurion of Israel. Cohen’s case studies offer a glimpse into the best cases of when “civil” came first in civil-military relations. Not only does Supreme Command give us new insights into well-known Western leaders like Lincoln and Churchill, but Cohen sketches telling portraits of leaders that deserve more attention, like Clemenceau and Ben-Gurion. A unique combination of biography and civil-military relations.

Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime By Eliot A. Cohen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400034048
Availability: Backordered
Published: Anchor - September 9th, 2003