Book Review: The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century

The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century by Parag Khanna My rating: 4 of 5 stars This isn't a bad book. In fact, it's pretty good. But I'm torn on what to rate it. On one hand, it could potentially deserve 5 stars for accuracy, a good overview, it being …

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A Review of Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare

Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short My rating: 5 of 5 stars I found this book very engaging. While it is not a “true” biography of Pol Pot, in that this isn’t what the entire book is about, the book is instead a study on twentieth century Cambodia, its politics, culture, international …

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A Review of Brother Number One

Brother Number One: A Political Biography of Pol Pot by David P. Chandler My rating: 3 of 5 stars The first “review” I read when I came across reviews for Brother Number One was one by “Annie,” which stated, “More objective, non-sensational and honest than than ‘Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare’.” Funny, having finished …

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A Review of What The Dormouse Said

What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry by John Markoff My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was a fascinating history of personal computing in America, most specifically in Northern California, most especially in the Stanford region. I swear, I had no idea that Stanford played such a …

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A Review of The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1963-1973

The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1963-1973 by Shelby L. Stanton My rating: 3 of 5 stars This could have been an interesting book if the author hadn't gotten so bogged down in minute details. It's about the American military in Vietnam, circa 65-73, and it's pretty comprehensive, …

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A Review of Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam’s Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam's Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap by Cecil B. Currey My rating: 5 of 5 stars Cecil B. Currey's book on Vo Nguyen Giap is an utterly excellent book! It's gripping, engaging, provides historical context, contains essential quotes, and shows Giap to be the logistical, tactical, and strategic …

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A Review of Brennan’s War

Brennan's War: Vietnam 1965-1969: Brennan's War: Vietnam 1965-1969 by Matthew Brennan My rating: 4 of 5 stars This wasn't a bad book. In fact, it was fairly engrossing. It was fast paced and I read it in a day. The narrative is written so that it's like a series of very short stories, mostly about …

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A Review of Hunting the Jackal

Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism by Billy Waugh My rating: 3 of 5 stars I wanted to give this somewhat exciting book more stars, but it leaves out too much information to merit it. For instance, the author joins the military …

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