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A. J. R. Russell-Wood, The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the Move (1998)

by Ralph Petersvia Classics of Military History
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This authoritative book on Europe’s first great overseas empire (which also would be the last to leave its remaining outposts) is eerily timely. 

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CRB: Blood-Soaked Monsters

mentioning Stephen Kotkinvia Power Line Blog
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Claremont Review of Books is of course the flagship publication of the Claremont Institute.

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Blood-Soaked Monster

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia The Claremont Review of Books
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Writing a biography of Joseph Stalin is a monumental task, which he made as difficult as possible.

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A New Afghanistan with H.R. McMaster and Janan Mosazai

interview with H. R. McMaster, Janan Mosazaivia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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H.R. McMaster and Janan Mosazai discuss the current state of Afghanistan, it’s position in the Middle East and Asia, and the path forward for the country. 

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A New Afghanistan With H.R. McMaster And Janan Mosazai

interview with H. R. McMaster, Janan Mosazaivia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

H.R. McMaster and Janan Mosazai discuss the current state of Afghanistan, it’s position in the Middle East and Asia, and the path forward for the country.

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Fighting To Leave: The Devolution Of The American War Aims In Afghanistan

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

In early winter of 2001, an invading force of fewer than 10,000 American soldiers, Marines, Special Forces, and CIA operatives stampeded the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces across Afghanistan. A punitive campaign of historic brevity and one-sided casualties was about to end. Then our most senior officials made two disastrous decisions. First, General Tommy Franks, the commander of the invasion, refused to employ American forces to seal off the al-Qaeda remnants, including Osama bin Laden, hiding in the Tora Bora mountains. Instead, General Franks handed the fight over to unreliable Afghan warlords, who let bin Laden and al-Qaeda escape into Afghanistan.

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The Present American Revolution

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The revolution of 1776 sought to turn a colony of Great Britain into a new independent republic based on constitutionally protected freedom. It succeeded with the creation of the United States.

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Goodbye To All That, Again

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, November 12, 2018

To my 19-year-old son, World War I — which ended 100 years ago yesterday — is as remote an event as the Congress of Berlin was to me when I was his age. To my generation, World War I was not quite history. My father’s father, John Ferguson, had joined up at the age of 17 and fought on the Western Front as a private in the Seaforth Highlanders. He was one of more than 6 million men from Great Britain who served. Of that number, 722,785 did not come back alive. Just under half of all those who lost their lives were aged between 16 and 24 — a fact that never fails to startle.

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The Legacy Of World War I Includes One Bright Note: Global Humanitarian Aid

featuring Herbert Hoovervia National Review
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Responding to Europe’s plight, Herbert Hoover helped organize and lead an international relief effort on an unprecedented scale.

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Reasonable Disagreements: An Appointment With Controversy

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Monday, November 12, 2018

Is President Trump’s temporary appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general legal?

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