September 15, 2010

Gian Gentile's Reading List

I am off to Indiana today to give a talk on the conflict in Afghanistan, but last night, I met counterinsurgency non-enthusiast Gian Gentile for a few rounds of beer at Kramerbooks, and before we parted, we exchanged book recommendations. Here are the two that he recommended:

1. Jim Wilbanks, Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its Warir?t=abumuqa-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0700616233

2. Jon Sumida, Decoding Clausewitz: A New Approach to On Warir?t=abumuqa-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0700616160

My recommendations included S.C. Gwynne's Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American Historyir?t=abumuqa-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1416591052 and Mike Horowitz's new book.

Oh, and the Belhaven Scottish Stout? Yes.