- By Thomas E. RicksThomas 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I like how the Journal of Military History doesn’t mess around. Here are two bare-knuckled comments from the July issue:
- From a review of a book about the Indian Army: “Had I not been reviewing it, I would not have bothered reading it all the way through. . . . The book is brief because it is amateurishly superficial. It is also full of errors . . . .”
- From a review of a study of how the transatlantic alliance of World War II is remembered: “Regrettably, this expensive book is deficient in both style and content. . . . . The results of much archival digging are displayed, but the payoff is underwhelming and predictable.”
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