James Farwell’s book Persuasion and Power: The Art of Strategic Communication (Georgetown University Press) is a "how to" book for professionals and wannabe professionals as well as an interesting read for those who simply want to learn more about how governments and politicians (elected and non-elected) have informed and influenced publics about their policies and candidates.
How could we best use digital simulations to train soldiers? Surprisingly few people, even within the military, have assessed the utility of digital simulations for training soldiers, despite the popularity of the method.
The Human Face of War is a new exploration of military thought.
James Farwell's "The Pakistan Cauldron" is an insightful look into one of the most complex, highly nuanced and complex countries in the world, Pakistan.
Israeli Counterterrorism is renowned and feared around the world. Israel’s intelligence service, The Mossad, has a reputation built upon operations such as Wrath of God – a series of bloody retaliatory strikes across the globe against those thought to be responsible for the killing of Israeli...
Son of Hamas charts the odyssey of Mosab Hassan Yousef, from being the heir apparent of Hamas, to his working for the Israeli intelligence service, the Shin Bet, against the organisation that his father helped found. It gives an insiders view of both sides of the turmoil and cycle of violence that...
The KGB and the World is the second half of the Mitrokhin Archive, a work that offered a radically fresh view of the history of Soviet actions against Europe and the West and provided an insight into Soviet intelligence. Building on the success of the first volume, The KGB in Europe and the West,...
Periodically, books come along that rip open their subject field. The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West is one such book. Written by Christopher Andrew, the Mitrokhin Archive is based upon the notes that Vasili Mitrokhin, ex-KGB archivist, spent twelve years copying and smuggling...
Modern Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies: Guerrillas and their Opponents since 1750 is a worthy addition to an underdeveloped area of strategy. The events of September 11th and the War on Terror have led to an increased interest in the field of counter-insurgency (COIN), with a decade of...
Peter Singer’s Wired for War provides an intriguing, and at times humorous, introduction to ‘robotic revolution and conflict in the 21st century’. The book provides an overview of the development of robotics (with chapter titles such as ‘Robotics for Dummies’ and ‘Always in the loop? The Arming and...