Month: January 2015

Book review: The School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces by Richard Faulkner

This book starts out with a simple premise – as a group, American officers in World War I were crap. Faulkner makes a strong and persuasive case for it and describes how it happened and its consequences in battle, especially among junior officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs). This was definitely a transition period for the …

Book review: Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965 by Pierre Asselin

What I really enjoyed about this book is that it contrasts from most histories of the Vietnam War by considering Vietnamese policy front and center. Whereas most histories treat the Vietnamese as little more than background, passive viewers to their own events or faceless and unruly natives, this book looks deeply into Vietnamese opinions and …