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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Reading Rainbow: Take a Look

With the holidays upon us, a collection of military and history books worth checking out.

A rainbow glows in the sky behind trees in blossom on April 11, 2012 over the city of Geneva.  (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
A rainbow glows in the sky behind trees in blossom on April 11, 2012 over the city of Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
A rainbow glows in the sky behind trees in blossom on April 11, 2012 over the city of Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

 

— What a smart Australian brigadier is reading

— Five military fiction picks from P.W. Singer

 

— What a smart Australian brigadier is reading

— Five military fiction picks from P.W. Singer

— Less persuasively, famous authors list the best books of the century.

— Gen. Joseph Votel’s picks. Can you guess why I like this one?

— War on the Rocks’ holiday recommendations

— Some WSJ history recommendations.

 

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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