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Mac Owens goes spelunking through ‘US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11’

Mackubin Owens‘s new book, US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11, landed in my mailbox recently. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet because I am deep into Vietnam War research and have about another 30 books to go before disappearing into the archives again later this month. But the Owens volume looks terrific. (Mac, ...

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images.
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images.

Mackubin Owens's new book, US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11, landed in my mailbox recently. I haven't had a chance to read it yet because I am deep into Vietnam War research and have about another 30 books to go before disappearing into the archives again later this month. But the Owens volume looks terrific. (Mac, by the way, is a Silver Star recipient who led a Marine infantry platoon in Vietnam and now leads classes at the Naval War College.) Anyone interested in this subject is going to have to get a copy.

Mackubin Owens‘s new book, US Civil-Military Relations After 9/11, landed in my mailbox recently. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet because I am deep into Vietnam War research and have about another 30 books to go before disappearing into the archives again later this month. But the Owens volume looks terrific. (Mac, by the way, is a Silver Star recipient who led a Marine infantry platoon in Vietnam and now leads classes at the Naval War College.) Anyone interested in this subject is going to have to get a copy.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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