April 19, 2011

What I'm Reading Instead of Doing My Work

1. Francs-tireurs et Centurions. Les ambiguïtés de l'héritage contre-insurrectionnel français by Etienne de Durand. I will read anything Etienne publishes, but this survey of the French counterinsurgency legacy has especially piqued my interest -- for obvious reasons.

2. Jon Krakauer's exposé of Greg Mortenson. I published my own thoughts about how Greg Mortenson's work has and has not affected U.S. strategy and operations in Afghanistan in the Daily Beast, but I am enjoying Krakauer's article thus far. It's pretty devastating, though when I finish it I will read Mortenson's response.