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The fictional Red October, while modified, would look quite similar to this Typhoon-class ballistic missile submarine. (Bellona Foundation via Wikimedia Commons)

Fiction: We often use it to make the strange more familiar, as in spy novels

Spy novels introduce us to unusual or technical information, potentially confusing events, and unfamiliar social or professional customs.

Cover of The Soldiers of Empire, by Tarak Barkawi. (Cambridge University Press)

Book excerpt: On soldiers’ use of racist language in the Asia-Pacific wars

The Allies [in WWII] often used analogies involving animals or insects that lived underground to describe the Japanese.

The cover of C.S. Forester's "The General." (William Collins)

Max Hastings on C.S. Forester’s classic tale of World War I, ‘The General’

C.S. Forester recognized that his fumbling half-hero was as much a tragic figure as the men whom he led, often to their deaths.

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Apocalypse, Soon: New Books on War, Plague, Famine, Demagogues, and the End of the World as They Knew It

FP staffers learn what really killed the Romans and why the 1930s should scare us to death.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Book Talk: Spy Schools

Exploring the dark relationship between intelligence services and academia.

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The Secret History of Diplomats and Invisible Weapons

The alleged use of a “sound weapon” against U.S. Embassy officials in Cuba harks back to a Cold War medical mystery.

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We Are (Still) Living in an Orwellian World

Surveillance, drones, and never-ending wars have given new global resonance to the works of George Orwell.

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