Surrender Is Not an Option (By John Bolton) | The Great Experiment (By Strobe Talbot)
Two works -- one by John Bolton, another from Strobe Talbot -- serve as bookends in our current debate about America's role in the world.
Comrade J (By Pete Earley)
In the world of espionage, the Russians had Robert Hanssen; America had Sergei Tretyakov.
For the Soul of Mankind (By Melvyn P. Leffler) | A Failed Empire ( By Vladislav M. Zubok)
Two books detail how after a brush with calamity in 1983, both sides moved away from confrontation.
Day of Empire (By Amy Chua)
Diversity lifted up empires and intolerance brought them down, according to one writer.
Reporting Iraq (Edited by Mike Hoyt, John Palattella et al.)
Reporters talk about their experiences in war-time Iraq.
Solider's Heart (By Elizabeth D. Samet)
An English professor at West Point analyzes why American soldiers in Iraq are reading authors like Wallace Stevens.
Fair Game (By Valerie Plame Wilson)
After memoir, one remaining question is whether Valerie Plame was behind her husband's famed trip to Niger.
The Day of Battle (By Rick Atkinson)
Volume Two in a monumental history shows raw GIs and inexperienced generals in a schoolhouse of war.
The Greatest Battle (By Andrew Nagorski)
During the Battle of Moscow -- "inarguably the largest battle between two armies of all time" -- Josef Stalin turned his guns on his own people.
The Al Qaeda Reader (Translated by Raymond Ibrahim)
Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri explain their bloody actions.
The Coldest Winter (By David Halberstam)
In his final book, a hallowed author indicts General Douglas MacArthur for America's ordeal in Korea.
Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts (By Robert D. Kaplan)
A reporter embeds -- and embeds, and embeds -- with U.S. forces
Almost a Miracle (By John Ferling)
How Americans once waged an asymmetrical war against an imperial power.