Soldier, Citizen; a Review of Starship Troopers


I have my own YouTube channel now and have started adding reviews to the site. The first is a version of this review for Starship Troopers. Have a look below. I'd really appreciate it also if you took the time to like and subscribe if you enjoyed the video. https://youtu.be/-M8QKtO-iUo My rating: 4 of 5 …

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Review of Anticipating Surprise


Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning by Cynthia M. Grabo My rating: 3 of 5 stars Fair warning here, no pun intended, Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Warning is a difficult book to get through. It is based on a previously classified book by Cynthia M. Grabo to teach CIA analysts how to conduct warning …

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Check out this review of America’s Great Game


America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I finish this book today, forces backed by the United States have announced they are heading toward the erstwhile capital of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. …

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Review of The Secret Civil War


The Secret Civil War by John Reynolds Sawyer My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Secret Civil War was an interesting read that helped fill in some of my gaps in the knowledge of the Civil War. It was, however, not without its flaws. It could have done with another once over by a proofreader …

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Review: The Things They Carried


The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was sent to me by a a very close family friend while I was mobilized to Iraq for the end of the Iraq War, or Operation New Dawn (OND) as it was called. I had brought along my kindle and …

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Running and Rewards


I hate running. It's not that I dislike running, I actively disdain and abhor it. You may think I'm exaggerating because Americans in general seems to dislike exercise. No. I hate it. I would rather do just about anything other than run. Even if I was being chased by a hungry lion that had a …

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Review: Chasing Ghosts: Unconventional Warfare in American History


Chasing Ghosts: Unconventional Warfare in American History by John J. Tierney Jr. My rating: 4 of 5 stars It appears I was the first person to check this book out of the Chicago public library and I was glad that I did. A nuanced and well researched look into Americas foray into unconventional warfare.From the …

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Doing What’s Right


Step, trustworthy, step, loyal, step helpful... I have an officer in my unit that my wife and I refer to as Major Burns. Everyone else in the unit refers to him as Maverick. His name isn't Burns and he's not a Major. We refer to him like that because he remind us of the character …

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