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 War
2. Jon Sumida, Decoding Clausewitz: A New Approach to On War
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 History and Mike Horowitz's new book.
Oh, and the Belhaven Scottish Stout? Yes.