The Corner

More Memorial Day Reading

I had some, uh, other things going on when I first got John Miller’s email soliciting contributions for the wonderful military books symposium NRO is running. I should have responded, particularly since my father was visiting and I had the opportunity to ask him what books he would recommend — my father is a retired Lt. Col. USMC, Vietnam vet, Naval Academy grad, Naval War College, Army Command and General Staff College, etc.

For what it’s worth, Dad had two recommendations. First, Black Hawk Down because it both illustrates the fog-of-war problem well and does a good job defining perhaps the central problem of modern war — the desire to politicize conflicts as they evolve and subsequently try and micromanage the battlefield. (Note: I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for Dad some years ago. I must have done well.)

The second recommendation was for the West Point Atlas of American Conflicts series (see here, here, here). Years ago, Dad taught at the ROTC program in Boulder and he says these texts were great.

And finally, this isn’t a book, but let me throw in my my own Memorial Day recommendation. This evening HBO2 is showing Taking Chance which is just a terrific film — as I noted previously, “There’s not a single battlefield scene, but the film probably does more to drive home the sacrifices the American military makes — both big and small — than just about anything I can think of.” If you don’t have HBO, you can order the DVD which just came out.

Anyway, enjoy the long weekend — and I hope everybody takes some time out to thank and reflect on to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and their families.

Most Popular


Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous ... Read More
Politics & Policy

ABC News Makes a Serious Mistake

Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More