Tom Rogan

Protecting Our Cops

Review: ‘The War on Cops’ by Heather Mac Donald

FergusonPolice officers across the United States are shunning interaction with their communities, and violence is increasing in those places. These are Heather Mac Donald’s two main contentions in her passionate, widely sourced book, The War on Cops. Mac Donald begins in Ferguson, appropriately.

Exporting Democracy in Shipping Containers

Review: Robert Blackwill and Jennifer Harris, 'War by Other Means: Geo-Economics and Statecraft'

After a tumultuous two decades, statecraft dominates foreign policy discussions in the United States. After the Iraq War and the decline of American credibility under President Obama, understandably we want to know how to make U.S. foreign policy more efficient and effective.

Why British Conservatives Are Divided About Leaving the EU

Analysis: Brits face a difficult June decision about leaving Europe

Speaking at a Washington Free Beacon luncheon earlier this week, Liam Fox, a British Conservative MP and former UK Defense Secretary, offered three rationales for leaving the European Union: first, the need to reassert the British Parliament’s sovereignty; second, the need to reestablish control over Britain’s borders; third, the need to recover British authority over its own tax revenue.

Dealing With Devils

Review: Ioan Grillo, ‘Gangster Warlords’

APTOPIX Brazil Violence“In communities scarred by violence, many don’t know what peace looks like. Teenagers in Brazilian favelas, Jamaican garrisons, and Honduran slums see these crime wars as a natural state of affairs. It’s normal to have men on the corner with Kalashnikovs, shots ringing out at night, corpses hanging from bridges.’’ Ioan Grillo’s new book shines a torch on the darker side of Latin America and the Caribbean—specifically, on the grotesque institutional violence used by criminal gangs. Grillo begins his journey in the slum cities of Rio de Janeiro. This is dangerous work. In 2001, a Brazilian investigative journalist attracted the ire of a gang and was subjected to a street trial.

Mapping the Cost

Review: Robert Kirchubel with Gary Komar, 'Atlas of the Eastern Front 1941-1945'

Eastern FrontHistorian Robert Kirchubel’s Atlas of the Eastern Front 1941-1945 begins with a map key of unit identity distinctions. The key is critical to the atlas, its immense detail hinting at the kind of book it helps to decipher. After all, the legend involves various identifiers for units ranging from an army group formation with tens of thousands of men to a company of perhaps one hundred men. It also points out the different specializations of each unit. We are thus warned at the outset: this is a book only for professionals and passionate amateur historians.

Maggie, Now and Forever

Review: Charles Moore: ‘Margaret Thatcher: At Her Zenith in London, Washington and Moscow’

Margaret ThatcherAs Margaret Thatcher’s official biographer, naturally Charles Moore was able to secure access to people and papers that other writers could not, and has achieved in this, his second volume devoted to the Iron Lady, a truly intimate portrait. Beginning with an account of Thatcher’s high spirits in the immediate aftermath of the Falklands War, Moore describes how Thatcher was determined that Britain’s victory provide momentum for her broader foreign policy. Towards that end, she launched tough negotiations with China over the future of Britain’s then foreign possession, Hong Kong.

The Cowboy Who Came in From the Cold

Review: Robert Service, ‘The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991’

Robert Service knows his subject. Assessing the Soviet Union’s demise in The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991, he starts by outlining Ronald Reagan’s fundamental change in U.S. policy. “[T]he assumption since the end of the Second World War,” he writes, “had been that the West should only try to contain the USSR; no US President had ever truly endeavored to reverse the expansion of Soviet influence around the world. Ronald Wilson Reagan was determined to change things.”

They Invented the Internet (No, Really)

Review: Annie Jacobsen, ‘The Pentagon’s Brain’

In The Pentagon’s Brain, Annie Jacobsen takes us inside the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA. Based in a non-descript building in Arlington, Virginia, and with an annual budget of around $3 billion, DARPA is responsible for cutting edge research and development projects for the Department of Defense.

Kissinger in Full

Review: Niall Ferguson, ‘Kissinger, 1923:1968: The Idealist’

In the first part of a projected two-volume biography, Niall Ferguson challenges us to re-consider Henry Kissinger’s formative years. A Harvard professor, historian, and media personality, Ferguson is serving as Kissinger’s authorized biographer. Pushing back against the notion of Kissinger as a Machiavellian ultra-realist, Ferguson synthesizes tens of thousands of documents into 878 pages of narrative, supported by thousands of notes.

Special Operators

Review: Sean Naylor, ‘Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command’

Stanley McChrystalRelentless Strike is the history of Joint Special Operations Command—JSOC—the elite commando wing of the U.S. military. Its author, Sean Naylor, is a senior writer for the Army Times, and had packed his book full of details regarding why, how, and where JSOC operates.