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    Can I recommend this book - a new one from David Kilcullen. Couldn't see it in the 'COIN...' section. I haven't read it, but the reputation of the author is sufficient. Have seen him do some media for the release - every bit as impressive as I expected.

    http://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Gue...8228988&sr=8-1

    Shek has probably read it already.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfella View Post
    Can I recommend this book - a new one from David Kilcullen. Couldn't see it in the 'COIN...' section. I haven't read it, but the reputation of the author is sufficient. Have seen him do some media for the release - every bit as impressive as I expected.

    http://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Gue...8228988&sr=8-1

    Shek has probably read it already.)
    I don't like Australians

    Seriously, it hasn't been in the bookstore here yet despite me telling them twice that it would fly off the shelves if they ordered it. Besides, I'm teaching three different courses this semester which has essentially quashed my book reading to date.
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    Nagl Reviews Filkens, Woodward, and Robinson

    John Nagl offers his thoughts on the latest from these three writers, all offering perspectives on the Iraq war from a variety of angles and locations reaching Riley and Leavenworth through Washington to Iraq-all battlefields of one sort or another.

    There are perspectives to these books of which I was unaware. I didn't know that Filkens had his own intense pre-2001 exposure to the taliban in Kabul.

    I hadn't known as Shek, Bigfella, and I debated a discarded legacy of accumulated COIN acumen that our Vice Chief of Staff in 2003, Jack Keane, was a 'Nam vet himself.

    Perspective personified and full-circle indeed.

    By itself, the review is equally worthy as Nagl interjects his place in all of this. Clearly, he's well-suited for a variety of reasons in passing review. Enjoy and I'll be looking for all of these at my local library soon-

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    WAB Bookstore?

    Hey what happened to the WAB bookstore? I noticed it is missing? Is it down permanently? Or is this just a part of restructuring and it will be back up again?

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    History of the U.S. Air Force

    Dear all,

    I am looking for a book that trace the development of US Air Force from WWII to 21st Cent. A book that doesnt get too technical when it comes to technical details nor a book that talks about the organizational structure of the USAF.

    Any suggestions is highly apperciate it.

    Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the U.S. Air Force, 1947-2007
    I found this one from Amazon. Hadnt read it but from the reviews it looks to be a detailed look at the history of organizational structure of the USAF, which is not exactly what I am looking for.

    Starting Something Big: The Commercial Emergence of GE Aircraft Engines
    I also found this one; but it seems to be focus entirely on GE engines.

    As an example, what I am really looking for is why Air Force went with F-16 and why it chose that engine as oppose to a GE engine. Or what really pushed the development of F-15 in the 70s, which was Mig-25. Or why the Air Force shifted from Pratt & Whitney engines and move toward GE engines in the 70s. How about the development of B-1A and the subsequent development of B-1B. What was the force behind that. Or some high-level details about tankers and cargo planes that were and are in use today. And high-level details about the development of F-22 and F-35 and their choice of suppliers.

    Thanks in advance for any comment and feedback
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    Kennett: The First Air War: 1914-1918

    Koburger: The Central Powers in the Adriatic, 1914-1918: War in a Narrow Sea

    Lettow-Vorbeck: My Reminiscences of East Africa

    Massie: Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea

    Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front

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