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The Book Review delves into the many books on national security and related fields published each year.  It offers reviews that range widely across subjects and disciplines, from domestic and international law to history, strategic and military studies, from national security journalism to terrorism and counterterrorism, ethics, and technology. Contributors include scholars, serving or former government officials or military personnel, journalists, experts of many kinds, and students in law school or university.

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Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren's Misconceived Memoir

A useful political memoir offers insight into the thinking of those who make decisions. When the author is himself a decision-maker, simply the act of self-revelation is itself a benefit. When the memoirist is an simply advisor, a memoir's power comes from the insider access, the intimate views of those on center stage. Unfortunately, Oren doesn’t have this sort of relationship with the figures who matter most. He therefore does the only thing realistically available as a rhetorical move: he improvises. Which in this case means pursuing (what he himself describes, apologetically, as) “armchair psychoanalyzing.”

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Days of Rage in the 1970s: America's Homegrown, Violent, Bomb-Setting Radical Underground

A review of Days of Rage, journalist Bryan Burrough's excellent history of 1970s America's violent "revolutionary" underground--the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and more--by Lawfare's Foreign Policy Editor. 

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