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A great book revisited: Rosen’s ‘Winning the Next War,’ about military innovation

Some 20 years ago I read 'Winning the Next War,' by Stephen Peter Rosen. I liked it then. But recently I had cause to begin re-reading it, and this time I am flat-out loving it.


The Antonescu Paradox

Hitler’s Romanian ally led an utterly barbaric regime — that while often protecting Jews inside Romania’s borders, murdered them indiscriminately just outside those borders.

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Jim Collins on the ‘Good to Great’ leader

In his famous business study 'Good to Great,' Jim Collins identifies the transformative leader as somewhat surprising: 'an individual who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will.'

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Remembering War (IX): Can republican virtue serve imperial ends?

Julius Caesar famously crossed the Rubicon in 49 BC, a decision that precipitated the collapse of the Roman Republic. While Caesar wrote his own account of the conquest, what did the surviving generation think of war and the imperial peace that replaced the Republic? The Roman authors that replaced Caesar and Cicero often wrote under the supervision of imperial patrons leery of subversive rhetoric. Two authors, Horace and Livy, responded differently and left us independent and timeless insights on military virtue and the objective of military service to the state.

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‘Nous sommes trahis!’: Alistair Horne on the French trait of looking for scapegoats

"Gallic pride can never admit that the nation has been collectively at fault; inevitably, she has been betrayed by an individual or faction."

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More from Sir Ian Jacob: The Americans’ ‘frightful mess’ in the Korean War

Sir Ian Jacob, in that oral history I mentioned the other day, had a few things to say about the Americans.

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