July 06, 2018 Readings

Recommended Readings

Nonfiction Books

  • The Ordeal of Total War, 1939-1945
    Gordon Wright. Harper & Row, 1968.
    A history of six years of the Second World War and the effects -- economic, political, scientific, psychological and military -- on the countries involved.
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  • Fair Play
    James Olson. Potomac Books, 2007.
    A manual on the ethics of intelligence where Olson, who spent 25 years in the CIA, outlines the moral questions of spycraft through a series of imagined scenarios.
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  • Team of Teams
    Stan McChrystal, Chris Fussell, David Silverman, Tantum Collins. Portfolio, 2015.
    The account of the US military command and its organizational changes from 2004 onwards. 
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  • The Strategy of Conflict
    Thomas Schelling, Harvard University Press, 1981.
    Originally published in 1960, these essays study game theory and its practice in real world conflict situations, from the personal to the international. 
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  • Teaching Common Sense
    Linda Kulman. Prospecta Press, 2016.
    An overview of the Grand Strategy program at Yale University, a course of study designed to teach leadership on a global issue.
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  • The Billion Dollar Spy
    David Hoffman, Random House, 2016.
    The account of a Soviet spy and his CIA handlers in Moscow during the Cold War.
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Novels

Articles

  • The Shadow of State Secrets
    Laura Donohue. 159 U. Pa. L. Rev. 77-216, 2010.
    The US government may declare information to be a state secret to block disclosure in court cases, but the use of that privilege is not well understood.