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Rear Admiral Worrall Reed Carter, Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil: The Story of Fleet Logistics Afloat in the Pacific During WWII (1953)

by Christopher R. O’Deavia Classics of Military History
Thursday, October 10, 2019

In the introduction to this detailed history of the operations that kept his combatant forces supplied with everything from ordnance to water, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance writes, “a sound logistic plan is the foundation upon which a war operation should be based.” That might leave the impression that this is a dry treatise in logistics science, but this overlooked gem tells the story of how the U.S. Navy created mobile logistics service squadrons to support Spruance’s “island-hopping” assaults on Japan’s eastern defense perimeter in the Central Pacific.

In the News

5 Things Condoleezza Rice Told Mitch Daniels On Her Visit To Purdue

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Journal & Courier
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice caught up with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, another member of President George W. Bush's administration, during a conversation at Elliott Hall of Music.

In the News

What Would Happen If American Voters All Got Together And Talked Politics?

quoting Larry Diamondvia Five Thirty Eight
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

There is a story that Stanford University political science professor Jim Fishkin likes to tell about George Gallup, the man who helped popularize public opinion polling in America.

In the News

Why Indian Bankers Are Hesitant To Report Frauds

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Economic Times (India)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The public perception of a fraud is a Nirav Modi-style attack, perpetuated by a crook with corrupt motives.


AP: Great For Gifted High Schoolers

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Andrew Scanlanvia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

When considering the available options for gifted high-school kids, the Advanced Placement (AP) program may not be the first thing that comes to mind. That’s too bad because AP might be America’s most effective large-scale “gifted and talented” program at the high school level. That’s a conclusion we reached while researching and writing Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Placement, published last month by Princeton University Press.


My Family Story Of Love, The Mob, And Government Surveillance

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Atlantic
Friday, November 1, 2019

The whole truth took me decades to learn.

In the News

Great Life Isn’t A Closed Book Yet

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Budapest Times
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At very nearly 1000 pages – and over that number when you include the introduction, maps, family tree, acknowledgements, index, notes, photos and bibliographies of books, articles and theses – this latest biography of Britain's wartime leader is a tome of biblical proportions.

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Stanford and the Great War

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Collections in the Hoover Archives tell the stories of the Stanford students who were eager to go “over there,” driving battlefield ambulances and flying over the front lines.

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Red Again

by Niall Fergusonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Who would have expected both a new Cold War and a fresh fascination with socialism?

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I Unlearned Hate

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Born into a culture that blamed Jews for all wrongdoing, a scholar explains how she broke free of that prejudice—and how a certain Somali-American congresswoman can, too.