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Author: 
Mara E. Karlin
Reviewer: 
Iain Henry

Henry on Karlin, 'Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the United States'

Mara E. Karlin. Building Militaries in Fragile States: Challenges for the United States. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. 296 pp. $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8122-4926-2.

Reviewed by Iain Henry (Australian National University) Published on H-Diplo (August, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

2017 Report of the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation to the Department of State

The Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation to the Department of State (HAC) has two principal responsibilities: overseeing the preparation and timely publication of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series by the department’s Office of the Historian (HO), and monitoring the declassification and release of State Department records.

 

Re: H-Diplo Reactions to Released Records on the Tet Offenesive [Jervis]

Bob, 

My colleague John Prados posted a detailed reaction to the release on the National Security Archive's blog, Unredacted.  You'll get an idea of his opinion from his title: "New Tet Documents? Not So Much"

The article is here: https://unredacted.com/2018/08/07/new-tet-documents-not-so-much/

Best,

Malcolm Byrne
The National Security Archive

Author: 
Amit R. Das Gupta, Lorenz M. Lüthi
Reviewer: 
Elisabeth Leake

Leake on Das Gupta and Lüthi, 'The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives'

Amit R. Das Gupta, Lorenz M. Lüthi. The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2016. Maps. 268 pp. $160.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-138-69320-3.

Reviewed by Elisabeth Leake (University of Leeds) Published on H-Diplo (August, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Re: H-Diplo Reactions to Released Records on the Tet Offenesive [Jervis]

I started skimming the newly released batch of documents relating to the Tet Offensive, and within minutes I found George Carver, "More Vietnam Numbers Problems," 3 November 1967,
https://www.intelligence.gov/assets/documents/tet-documents/cia/MORE%20V...
in which Carver opened up an interesting can of worms of which I had been unaware.

Re: Cardwell on Sklar, 'Creating the American Century: The Ideas and Legacies of America's Twentieth-Century Foreign Policy Founders'

Curt Cardwell’s review of Martin J. Sklar’s Creating the American Century is thoughtful, insightful, and fair. It will hopefully guide more readers to a through a challenging but important book. I offer one minor corrective – to the statement that “Sklar deserves criticism for such comments at that ‘the Anglo-American, or ‘Anglo-Saxon’ was (is) the most advanced … race’ in the last two or three hundred years of human history.”

Author: 
Christopher Moran, Mark Stout, Ioanna Iordanou, Paul Maddrell, eds.
Reviewer: 
Richard Spence

Spence on Moran and Stout and Iordanou and Maddrell, 'Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom'

Christopher Moran, Mark Stout, Ioanna Iordanou, Paul Maddrell, eds. Spy Chiefs: Intelligence Leaders in the United States and United Kingdom. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018. Volume 1. 352 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-62616-519-9.

Reviewed by Richard Spence (University of Idaho) Published on H-Diplo (August, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

H-Diplo Reactions to Released Records on the Tet Offenesive [Jervis]

From: Robert Jervis <rlj1@columbia.edu>

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has just released the first of 3 tranches of records on the Tet Offensive.

The first batch is heavy on CIA records and can be found here:  https://www.intelligence.gov/tet-declassified.

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
Jean-Loup Samaan
Reviewer: 
Ziv Rubinovitz

Rubinovitz on Samaan, 'Israel's Foreign Policy beyond the Arab World: Engaging the Periphery'

Jean-Loup Samaan. Israel's Foreign Policy beyond the Arab World: Engaging the Periphery. Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics Series. London: Routledge, 2017. 172 pp. $140.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-138-09987-6.

Reviewed by Ziv Rubinovitz (Sonoma State University) Published on H-Diplo (September, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Author: 
Michael D. Cohen
Reviewer: 
Nicholas L. Miller

Miller on Cohen, 'When Proliferation Causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises'

Michael D. Cohen. When Proliferation Causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017. xi + 289 pp. $104.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-62616-494-9; $34.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-62616-495-6.

Reviewed by Nicholas L. Miller (Dartmouth College) Published on H-Diplo (September, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Author: 
Keisha N. Blain
Reviewer: 
Nicholas Grant

Grant on Blain, 'Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom'

Keisha N. Blain. Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom. Politics and Culture in Modern America Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. 264 pp. $34.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8122-4988-0.

Author: 
Chris Miller
Reviewer: 
Sarah W. Sokhey

Sokhey on Miller, 'Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia'

Chris Miller. Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2018. xv + 217 pp. $28.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4696-4066-2.

Reviewed by Sarah W. Sokhey (University of Colorado, Boulder) Published on H-Diplo (September, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)

Author: 
Alister Miskimmon, Ben O'Loughlin, Laura Roselle, eds.
Reviewer: 
Steven L. Lamy

Lamy on Miskimmon and O'Loughlin and Roselle, 'Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations'

Alister Miskimmon, Ben O'Loughlin, Laura Roselle, eds. Forging the World: Strategic Narratives and International Relations. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017. 352 pp. $39.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-472-03704-9; $85.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-472-13021-4.

Reviewed by Steven L. Lamy (University of Southern California) Published on H-Diplo (September, 2018) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)