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Re: February Handgrenade of the Month 2019

First thoughts:

John's takeaway that "wars of choice...really should only be undertaken to defend the state when the state deserves defense" begs several questions.

First, which state? Presumably, the state in question is the leader's own state; however, it's hard to see how by that standard anyone would ever go to the aid of an ally.

Re: February Handgrenade of the Month 2019

Interesting coincidence as this post intersects with a thread on another military history list I participate in. The topic is US participation in unconventional wars - Vietnam in particular but also with some application to Afghanistan. The thrust of my initial post is that almost everything written and talked about Vietnam is to laundry list (ad nauseum) all the mistakes we made and that we should not have gone.

Re: February Handgrenade of the Month 2019

Interesting question. I don't think it was (or is) entirely anti-war, although it is certainly possible to have an apparently pro-war text that is profoundly anti-war (Twain's "War Prayer" comes to mind). There's also Nikias' "pro" invasion speech, a bungled attempt to persuade Athenians not to invade Sicily. I've often thought that the famous aphorism "War is the continuation of politics by other means" can be read as arguing for war as the absolute last choice.

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H-War Book Reviews

Author: 
Dan Plesch
Reviewer: 
Amy Carney

Carney on Plesch, 'Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes'

Dan Plesch. Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017. 272 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-62616-431-4.

Reviewed by Amy Carney (Penn State Behrend ) Published on H-War (February, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

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Author: 
Roberta Senechal de la Roche, ed.
Reviewer: 
Evan C. Rothera

Rothera on Senechal de la Roche, '"Our Aim Was Man": Andrew's Sharpshooters in the American Civil War'

Roberta Senechal de la Roche, ed. "Our Aim Was Man": Andrew's Sharpshooters in the American Civil War. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016. 320 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-62534-248-5.

Reviewed by Evan C. Rothera (Sam Houston State University) Published on H-War (February, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Author: 
Matthew Kroenig
Reviewer: 
Cory Hollon

Hollon on Kroenig, 'The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters'

Matthew Kroenig. The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters. Bridging the Gap Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 280 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-084918-4.

Reviewed by Cory Hollon (Air University, Air War College) Published on H-War (February, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Author: 
Brian D. Laslie
Reviewer: 
Heather P. Venable

Venable on Laslie, 'Architect of Air Power: General Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force'

Brian D. Laslie. Architect of Air Power: General Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force. American Warrior Series. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2017. Illustrations. 254 pp. $45.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8131-6998-9.

Reviewed by Heather P. Venable (Air Command and Staff College) Published on H-War (February, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)

Author: 
Quintin Barry
Reviewer: 
Jon Ault

Ault on Barry, 'Disputed Victory: Schley, Sampson and the Spanish-American War of 1898'

Quintin Barry. Disputed Victory: Schley, Sampson and the Spanish-American War of 1898. Solihull, UK: Helion and Company, 2018. 280 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-912174-91-1.

Reviewed by Jon Ault (Independent Scholar) Published on H-War (February, 2019) Commissioned by Margaret Sankey (Air War College)